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Heartbreak is an emotion I think we can all relate to. If you’ve been alive for more than just a few years, chances are, you’ve felt the pangs of something desired and never obtained, something obtained and the torture of its loss. And if you haven’t, are you really even living? I hate that saying “With great risk comes great reward.” Maybe because it’s true, maybe because vulnerability is such a difficult, crucial part of risk, part of the equation of the heart. And every time we dare to love another, it’s such a vulnerable act that comes with great risk. THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS is my favorite song by the musician Selena Gomez. It’s deep and real and honest in its expression of longing, of hopelessness, of vulnerably loving another more than we love ourselves, of loving to our own detriment. There’s no reasoning with a tortured heart, there’s no soothing its yearning with anything other than the very thing it craves – the drug of another tortured heart. This painting taps into the passion, the longing, the torture of unrequited love. “I’m hoping that after this fever I’ll survive ... Hand over heart I’m praying that I’m gonna make it out alive ...” “Save your advice ‘cause I won’t hear, you might be right but I don’t care ... there’s a million reasons why I should give you up, but the heart wants what it wants ...” A juxtaposition of dark and light, of passion and defeat, of love and heartbreak – this is often the story of the human heart. This is the story of THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS.

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