I’m a koala.
I love attaching myself to people and never letting them go.
I love people.
And I love loving people.
I’ve learned that there’s a unique genre of people who get unavoidably attached incredibly easily.
I call these people koalas.
Because we’re the people who want to hug you and refuse to let go even when you squirm to get away.
We’ll keep loving the crap outta you.
Sorry ‘bout it.
There are beautiful traits and experiences that come with being koala
But there are also really heart wrenching lessons that we have to learn and those lessons will tear us apart more than any non-koala will ever understand.
Koalas have this amazing gift of opening up to anything with a heartbeat. Vulnerability is our second language because we’re addicted to making connections with people.
Koalas trust people easily because there is good in every soul, even if it looks pitch black. We’ll find the good.
However, trusting everyone can backfire. Sometimes we open up to the wrong people and put valuable information in their dirty hands. One of the first lessons a koala will learn is not everybody wants to see you flourish and overcome your trials.
Sometimes people steal your wings and then push you off the ledge while yelling, “Why aren’t you flying??”
Koalas don’t understand those people or how they can possibly find entertainment in watching others’ fail. But we still love those people, because we can’t help it.
So how do you know if you’re a koala? How do you spot a koala? Well I’ve noticed some shining traits that koalas have. Here are a few,
- Those people who seem to have about 357 “best friends” and who are always surrounded by a crowd
Example – “I have to buy Christmas gifts for my best friends Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, Gunther, Mike, Taylor, Kesha, Sara, Hunter, etc”
- Those people who keep old movie tickets and leave dead flowers in their room because they’re “sentimental” and make them think of someone they adore.
Example – I still have my ticket to a Hannah Montana concert I went to in 7th grade because I went with my best friend and I’m incapable of throwing it out.
- Those people who remember dates to the point where it’s abnormal.
Example – “Hey did you know that 5 years ago today you and I went to that one park right by your church and talked for hours about love, religion and our passions? HAPPY FRIENDIVERSARY.”
- Those people who open up like it’s their major.
Example – If you and I go on a coffee date I can honestly say that within a half hour, you will know my entire life story including the dark parts. I can’t control how much I share… it’s like word vomit.
- And finally those people who cherish the smallest acts of kindness by others.
Example – “Oh my gosh, you’re letting me come over into your lane despite all of this traffic? Can I buy you dinner sometime? How about flowers? How do you feel about love at first sight? I just really think we’d be forever friends….”
Does any of that sound like you? If so, congrats! You’ve got the most wonderful, heartbreaking, beautiful, naïve, loving, destructive, inspiring condition that a person can have!
So go out and throw your open heart at unsuspecting people
Maybe they’ll accept you.
Maybe they won’t.
But you’re a koala and no heart shattering experience will ever stop you from loving everything unconditionally.
And that’s quite an amazing trait to have.
So just keep being the adorable koala that you are
Because the world needs loving people like you to make connections and love like there’s no tomorrow.
I believe in you
and I love you.