Is saying “I am sorry” the hardest thing to do, as is often stated?

Why is saying sorry so hard? Is it our ego? Pride? Or is it a case of us being afraid of getting hurt because our sorry may be rejected?

If we are truly remorseful and feel deep remorse, accept our guilt and how it hurt the other person, should we fear rejection? If we are truly remorseful, then we must forgive ourselves first. And only then will we realise that the other person does not have to forgive us. There is no obligation to forgive us, even though that is what we seek.

Saying sorry and forgiveness are not transnational, if there is true remorse. Our own genuine remorse will guide us to grow as a person and realise that saying sorry is not the hardest thing to do, but the most essential thing to do, if offered without any expectations.