The following quote is taken from #246 of my favorite web comic, Questionable Content, by Jeph Jacques. http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=246
I just feel like people would be so much happier if they just dropped all the pretense and mindgame bullshit in relationships and just went for it, you know? Like “fuck it, I’m gonna try and make this work and not worry about potential problems.” – Marten
The words are his; I just expanded upon the idea…
It has been said that hate is easy, while love takes courage. We can effortlessly shun our annoying neighbor, yet we cannot seem to muster up the nerve to say ‘I love you’. We can deliver a punch more readily than a bouquet of roses. We can gossip behind someone’s back more easily than patting them for a job well done.
We live in a world that is focused too much on the future and what could happen, making us forget to enjoy the present. By failing to preserve the present, we eradicate all possibilities of a healthy and successful future.
The beauty of being in a relationship comes from truly being in the relationship. By immersing yourself in the love and companionship of another person, you feel a calm easiness that lets you know you are doing something right. Surely there will be bumps in the road along the way, but overall, a good relationship is one that makes you smile from ear-to-ear. Whether you wake up next to each other every morning, or spend your days counting down the hours until you next see your love, this smile gives you the ambition to make it through the humdrum activities of everyday life.
Love is not finding fault with everything your significant other does, but accepting the good characteristics along with the bad habits – the whole package. Love is the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you remember your first kiss or a parting embrace. (I believe this is why everyone is always told to ‘go with their gut’.) Love means knowing you always have a hand to hold.
If love is what you seek, take action. Do not let cowardice cause you to miss out on something wonderful. If love is what you have, treasure it. Relationships are tough work, chock full of inevitable problems, let alone the false ones you may conjure in your head. But, if you pour your whole heart into loving another, the reward will fill you will life.