He had been hurt before. And so he had put up walls around himself, invisible walls that shielded him from pain and grief and suffering and heartache. He had numbed himself to the world but in doing so he had deprived himself of the joys and pleasures of life, because all of these emotions become intertwined to provide the fabric of our lives. She needed a breakthrough that would tear down his walls and open his heart to the world, to her, because she loved him and she needed him and she knew he needed her.