“Maybe that’s what love is. Having someone who guides you through different experiences, coaxes you to try news things but still makes you feel safe.” ~Wally Lamb, We Are Water
What is love if not an invitation to live life to the fullest?
For if writing is like driving at night in the fog and you can only see as far as your headlights, then falling in love is akin to walking in the dark. Only you aren’t doing it alone. Instead, you hold hands with someone else.
Whether it is someone you just met, or someone whom you’ve known but never truly knew you decide to embark on this journey together. You are to each other: the blind leading the blind.
Your blindness is more than seeing past each other’s flaws. It’s understanding that you don’t know where you are going, but trusting that you’ll get to where you need to be together.
In a world that tries to make you forget who you are by telling you who you should be, you find in each other someone who reminds you to simply be yourself.
Liberated from the shackles of society you embark on this path with nothing but your faith in each other. Perhaps, even with your faith in God.
The ebb and flow of love: the uncertainty one minute and the confidence to conquer the world in the next, the depths of despair and the heights of passion, the silence between heartbeats and the thunder of emotions are but the natural progression of what it means to live your life with another, for another, until you recognize in each other what you’d always seen in yourself.
You provide each other with those missing pieces, or you merely reveal them as they existed, but often went overlooked. And that provides you both with the confidence to move forward together.
Holding hands, holding hearts, holding each other the way one holds their breath before that first kiss. Thought it may never be difficult to convince a romantic to fall in love, it may prove a bit more challenging to lure the heartbroken from the shadows of sadness.
When you do, it is imperative that you hold their hand like you’ll never let go. Even if you don’t know where you’re headed you must understand that someone has placed their trust in you.
When it is love, the trust is implicit.
Regardless of the unpredictability of life, the fragility of it is as delicate as a broken heart. Once healed it will be stronger than before, and if it has been entrusted to you then you must handle it with the same care you would handle your own.
After all, it is yours now. Make a life with it. Live that life to the fullest. Because you aren’t doing it alone.
You’re wandering through the darkness together.
Imagine the light you will create to begin a new day, because the night is always darkest just before dawn.