I wrote this in 2008. I find it as relevant now as it was then.
‘Life is a journey’; what an understatement that seems to be. In and out of our lives come people who will inevitably change our entire demeanor; our entire existence as we know it. Albeit positive or negative, who we meet and the issues with which we deal alter us most profoundly. As ageless as time comes love; it speaks volumes to us in loud, dramatic screams and at times in sweet, erotic whispers. The choices we make are generally set in stone as it is in human nature; never willing to change, never willing to falter; we are creatures of habit, pride, responsibility, and nobility.
We find ourselves drawn to remaining true to ourselves as well as our decisions. In an instant, our world can change, forcing us to reevaluate our previous actions and often times – our own selves. At which point do we understand that our decisions, if true to our soul, are ultimately right? At which point do you find yourself along the way and learn to live more selfishly and less self-sacrificing? It’s the point when we find someone else who alters us so entirely, so permanently that we realize we would give our own life as we know it to spend an eternity with them just to make them smile; this is that point that we let go of our former self. Someone whose love is so intense that we find it difficult to breathe without it, difficult to see the light of the sun without the presence of the other. This love defines you.
From the wonderful words of William Shakespeare comes the truth in all our lives: The sun itself sees not til heaven clears. Not fate, not destiny but instead love and decision – this is what drives us and this is from what our decisions should be made. We hold our fate in the palm of our hands, able to turn it, exchange it, or embrace it. We are the masters of our own fate in order to aptly make reason of our destiny. We are the owners of our own soul, able to share this with whom we choose. Logic and reason no longer play havoc on our minds when love is present. Love is not just a feeling that lives in our metaphoric heart; it’s a choice to give yourself over completely.
Know that if the love you have is true, all decisions based on it will undoubtedly be the correct path. Love is natural, it should never be difficult or reluctant, it should never be hard to keep or something on which needs constant work. Cars need work, love needs only to be given and returned. If indeed it is true to our soul – it finds us, alters us, and never leaves us; hence logic and reason disappearing completely. When two souls join as one nothing else can matter and nothing can stand in the way. Love freely, be guarded less, embrace your happiness and care not who else this affects. Life is a journey? No, life is a series of short stories until we find the one who writes the never-ending novel.