I was recently listening to a story on a podcast about two people falling in love. It pulled at the heartstrings of mine and even though I don’t like to admit it, it actually made me crave that loving feeling in my life again. Almost as if it was a chink in the armor that I wasn’t aware of, or at least I was ignoring. It made me feel like if I had a romantic relationship around again, it really wouldn’t be so bad. That I wanted it, that’s how compelling the story was, it made me feel like love is something I needed because at least from what I heard, it can make you feel like anything before that was not a really the height of the feelings. My memories tell me that the heights achieved when love is in the air are almost exclusively reserved for love and high achievement. Now I was thinking, may I need love to make me feel whole.
I know that’s not a right way to think, but I got lost in the habit of doing so anyway. I learned the lesson on this a long time ago when my good friends (now my ex) laid it out for me. You can’t get into a relationship if you feel like it’s what you need to fulfill you. If you are doing this because you find some part of your life lacking, then it’s probably not a good reason to. Relationships should be a complementary influence, not a supplementary one. If the relationship only fills a particular void or is the missing piece make yourself feel whole then your really only creating one thing, but if you had two whole people, people who may have their problems but are at least working towards fixing them, then you might actually create something more than what you started with.
I’ve honestly taken those word to heart in more ways than one and even though it’s an important lesson it does come with a bittersweet price tag of remembering the one who gave me the advice in the first place.
With each love high comes a love low and with it creates a situation where two wholes might deteriorate into halves. When you try to multiply anything by a fraction, you get less than before, which is not okay for anyone. That’s the price of admission to this love game, that if your team isn’t working together or if someone gets hurt you will lose your ability to play as well as you used to.
Anyways, the story continued as the realization of love came much before the confession of it. I think that was the part of the story that intrigued me the most. That their love began to grow well before they thought they were able to express it to one another. That each one in their own way was inching closer to that point where their heart couldn’t stand it but they would take small consolations through it all. Small battles as their friendship formed. I don’t know why that sounds so appealing. I understand that in this situation you feel like a supernova ready to explode inside of you at all times. The immense weight of it all bearing down on you as you hope and pray for the opportunity to speak but hold off so that you can maintain the peace.
It’s obvious where their story went, the final confession followed by many years of happiness. You usually don’t hear about the alternative, but at least this one gives me hope. The reason behind why these two worked out and that the time they spent forming this relationship outside the confines of romance probably made this work for them. Who knows really what works, I don’t really think anyone knows with absolute certainty. Each person needs and wants something different. I can say it is beautiful in that way.
All and all, I’m not looking, I have enough on my plate that I can barely take care of myself let alone a relationship. I’m also not the kind of guy who does this whole relationship thing half-assed. What I do say though is that I’m okay with life taking its own way, I’m not in any rush, and there really is no reason to be.