This morning, I read this one lovely quote by Abdulbary Yahya on Instagram, “Those who love us will correct us.”
And it reminds me of myself… That’s exactly what I always do to the people whom I care about: I try to correct them. It’s not because I feel like I’m always right, it’s just because I do care about these people.
When it looks like they’re making mistakes, I’ll tell them; right on their faces. I won’t just stay quiet and watch them drown. It just doesn’t feel right.
When I want to keep them as a part of my life, I’ll tell them how I feel about them. And that includes when I’m hurt, disappointed, and angry. I tell it all hoping that we’re both aware that we’ve got to find a way to make things right.
I correct them because I want them to be a better one. I want them to be prouder of themselves by doing the right things. I want them to be happier with being the very best version of themselves. I might be wrong, everyone can be wrong, but at least, I make time to give it a try because I want what’s best for them.
I know that I don’t always put the words nicely. I know that the way I take care of someone can seem so tough. But again, if I have to try that hard just to tell you the words, if I still manage to correct you in that kind of tough situation, then that’s just another sign how I really care about your life. I put all that great efforts just for you, not myself. It’s a sign that in that very moment, I think of you more than I think of my own sake.
The truth is, love is not always pretty.
Love between two lovers is not always a beautiful romance. Love is not merely the flowers and candle light dinners.
Love between the families is not only the warmth of a home, but also the tough love to make each other better and wiser.
Love between two best friends is not always a laughter and joy. If you’re always happy with your friendship with them, then probably, you’re not close enough with them.
So again, if I’m willing to fight all those ugly moments just to remind you to do the right things, then I only do that because I truly care about your life. Otherwise, why would I bother to multiply my life problems by picking a fight just to correct you?
So yes, when I care about you, I will try to correct you. And that’s not going to change.