"Guarded." Most of my life, I have been known to be a guarded, reclusive individual. The older I get, the more I realize how hard it is change my instinctual desire to withdraw from others (with the exception of my family). We all have reasons for being guarded...traumatic experiences, haunting memories, painful relationships, fears and insecurities. If you are anything like me, I understand how hard it is overcome it and how difficult it is to let go.