At times, those who say they love you secretly slash at you with miniature knives. Or pluck out little saplings of joy that you carry. Or make you second guess the safe places in your heart. Most of the time, they are oblivious to their cruelty.
You allow it only because you never learned to set boundaries, and therein lies your lesson. To each their own lessons come, and all you can do is seek to learn yours and grow yourself. At times that bothers people that you WANT to learn the lesson- that you WANT to grow... and that just doesn't matter. You are the Michaelangelo of your life, not them. It's YOUR masterpiece, not theirs.
So when those slashes come, draw your line in the sand beyond which they cannot pass... unless you choose it.