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The heart is (un)arguably our most important organ. So why should we wear it on our sleeve? Unprotected.

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Wear your heart on your sleeve

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The heart is (un)arguably our most important organ. So why should we wear it on our sleeve? Unprotected.

It's likely that the phrase "wear your heart on your sleeve" comes from medieval jousts, where a 'sleeve' referred to a piece of armor which covered and protected the arm. Knights would often wear a lady's token around their sleeve of armor. (Merriam Webster)

People who wear their hearts on their sleeves show honest and intimate emotions in the most honest and open way, we have come to learn that this attribute is usually not contrived. It certainly cannot be faked. The first recorded use of the expression is in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ in the play the villainous Lago spoke to his confederate Rodrigo. Lago's imagery effectively conveys his belief that when what he feels in his heart is openly revealed, he will become vulnerable to attack. 

People who wear their hearts on their sleeves make their feelings apparent, they are usually subject to a lot of judgment and some definitions actually describes people who wear their hearts on their sleeves are people who become devoted to something too quickly or give their heart away too quickly.

When I was in university, I didn’t want to be that girl who dated too quickly. Truth be told, I didn’t even date much mostly because my school made it a herculean task and I didn’t want to risk my admission because of a boy…well that a topic for another day.

Now, I know that wearing our heart our hearts on our sleeve is not always a bad thing, in fact we should appreciate people who carry their heart on their sleeve, we should not allow ourselves bottle up emotions because we are afraid of being ridiculed. Like I always say, what if your greatest assignment is to show others what love truly is? You can’t do this if you don’t learn to express yourself honestly.

We should wear our hearts on our sleeves for a number of reasons;

1. What you see is what you get

People who wear their heart on their sleeves usually are easier to get to know. They have a loyal band of friends who may never be like them, but love them for being real.

2. Possibility of Living a very colorful life!

Folks who wear their hearts on their sleeve, allow their lives to open up tremendously. They often times repeat their mistakes, because we all know the heart really doesn’t listen to the head when you wear your heart in your sleeve. They do not pursue political correctness, they know how to enjoy life.

3. Take more chances

Someone once told me, people who take chances and put their heart on the line are more likely to end up with bigger lives and more success stories, most closed up people live in smaller worlds, no drama, no miracles just tedious routine and a huge fear of the future and the unknown.

4. Wild and Free

They do not worry about the tiny details before they take make a go at something, they also hurt quite a lot, but oddly this doesn’t stop them in life. Like they say ‘treat her right, she wears her heart on her sleeve.’ We certainly shouldn’t be slaves to whatever tickles our fancy, but it is certainly easier to live knowing you didn’t hold back and hold in valid emotions.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is not always the most sensible option.it always involves us having to master own emotions, and develop self-awareness skills because most people who give in to their emotions are termed difficult. However through all of this, people who wear their heart on their sleeves are authentic, they don’t remember to be calculating and they do not quite play safe, they are upfront, transparent, and honest.  Wouldn’t you rather carry your heart on your sleeve?


Article written by Chineze Ademola-Aina

Chineze loves to read and write. She shares her wide range of opinions with family and friends and is a sucker for good food and good people. She can’t wait to be referred to as a ‘bestselling writer’. She also shares her thoughts on her blog chinezeonline@wordpress.com

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