“What are your reasons for taking the risk of falling deep in love?” – Marlaina Smith
“What Love Is”
Fiction. Based on a True Pondering.
by Charlotte Thomas
This journal entry is inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
What are anyone’s reasons for falling in love, really? It’s a risk we take because, maybe, if we’re lucky, we find someone who cares for us as much as we care about them, and we would move heaven and hell to get the chance of being with them, even just for a day. We take the risk of falling in love, because falling in love is the most awfully beautiful thing we can experience. There’s the pain of being unsure, and the loves you make when the feelings aren’t enough sometimes and being tortured by that feeling in your gut when you see them or hear their voice. Then, there’s the beauty of being able to share that feeling with someone else. Knowing that someone else is out there thinking about you, too.
We risk falling in love because we know that despite the pain, and the tears, and the longing, that it will all be worth it in the end. Because the beautiful feeling of love is what makes our time here worthwhile.
Although I’m young, I know that I have been in love before. And the falling is the worst part. It feels like it’ll never end, and you’re stuck in this black hole that’s tearing you apart at the seams. But part of it is liberating. To see someone as they are and despite knowing that they’re flawed, you love them for that anyway. Then, when the falling’s over, you land in their arms and they smile at you, and you feel like you’re finally all right.
Maybe I’m a sucker, or just a hopeless romantic who has seen one too many romantic comedies, but a part of me knows that the love of my life is out there. And I know he won’t be perfect. And that’s okay. Because just as I’ll accept him for his flaws, he’ll accept me for mine. Because at the end of the day, no matter what you really believe romance is, that’s what love is. It’s giving up some of your ego to let your walls down and let someone know who you are without putting on a show. Love is showing you care for someone else, no matter what the cost.