A Moment of Honesty: Unrequited Love

But the years came and went without bringing the careless boy; and when they met again Wendy was a married woman, and Peter was no more to her than a little dust in the box in which she had kept her toys.” - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Loving someone is insanity. It's an actual choice-- conscious decision that we make. This decision has the potential to blossom into something beautiful or it could crash and burn in a tragic, all-engulfing flame. Your heart has a very large chance of being broken into a million piercing shards and it will be irreparable. It could be wonderful though. To quote Peter McWilliams, "It is a risk to love. What if it doesn't work out? Ah, but what if it does." As with most of these moments of honesty, this blog post has not been easy for me to write. Unrequited love is a recurring motif that adorns some of the saddest moments in my life. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I'm a very direct, often confrontational person. I like to be open and honest with the men who spark my interest because I don't like wasting my time romanticizing and fantasizing. In a roundabout way, I think that this has saved me from a lot of heartbreak due to miscommunication but it doesn't make the rejection any easier. Lovelorn is a word that certainly applies to my personality more and more so as I've been jaded over time. I'm writing this because, well, I know that I can't be the only one. 

So I fell in love. Such a silly thing to do, am I right? It takes no time at all. It's an amazing feeling though, even if it's only for a moment. Given the nature of this post, you can imagine how it worked out. You would think that I would be used to it at this point but this time was different. It was the most intense thing I have ever known. I have no words for it and I'm still dumbfounded and starry-eyed thinking about him. I had a "is he the one?" moment and I even told my mom about him. (I know, I know. Breaks every rule in the book but I just had to tell someone.) I was willing to do anything, ANYTHING for just another moment. To get to know him. To get to be known by him. For a little while, I really began to think that it's not so bad to be human. Then reality set in. Have you ever felt it? It's crippling, and then you're numb, and then, if you really want, you'll find your own means of experiencing some kind of catharsis. It's a cycle of growth, destruction, and rebirth. How much of it can we take though? This one was my critical hit. He walked into my life and I know that I will never be the same. It's tragic but you have to realize that life goes on.

One of the greatest things that you can do for yourself is to condition your mind to accept the fact that every beautiful thing has one tragic flaw. It does not mean that you should wrap your heart in a burial shroud and throw it in the ground. You'll learn who is worth your heart and potential heartbreak. You'll know that with every love lost, you learn more about what to look for in the next one. You'll have more love to give away and although it's hard to imagine, it will be returned to you as well. Do not let your heart grow cold and calloused, as hard as it may be. Let sadness be a muse to create wonderful things but do not dwell on it for a moment too long or else it will become you. Journal. Talk about it. Celebrate the rapturous joy of being in love and look forward to the next time you'll feel it.

I think I've shared this quote at least half a dozen times over the course of my blogging career but it means more to me than anything else: 

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” - C.S. Lewis 

There is incredible courage to be found in vulnerability. It's where strength meets grace and it is the highest level of mutual trust. It's resplendent but also utterly terrifying. Building up walls is so much easier than allowing yourself to be hurt but in the end, it is better to feel anything than to be numb. Do not be afraid to give your heart away. If you don't try, you'll never know. Love is insanity. Wonderful, terrible insanity. Embrace it. Relish in it. Don't be afraid because you're much, much stronger than you think.

xo,
e.m.

10 comments

  1. oh ouch my dear. my heart hurts for you. But then I suppose it doesn't, because you sound so healthy and secure and clear headed. Love is rough, until it's not. Just wait ...
    (I often wonder if peter pan was the best book ever written). love, andrea

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    1. Thank you so much :) my heart is heavy but I'm looking forward. It's all you can do, am I right? <3

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  2. i am so so sorry for your heart ache. it sucks i am sure! but hang in there pretty lady. your honesty and forwardness will pay off :)

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    1. Thank you so much pretty lady. It means the world :)

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  3. This was much needed and so true♥

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  4. Love is indeed the trickiest thing. I went through a time where I fell in love at the drop of a hat. Maybe it wasn't really love, I dont know. But it sure as hell made me feel things I had never felt before. In the pits of my stomach, I still feel it now looking back on those men who were in my life.

    And now, even though I have found my person, love still hurts. Its an odd thing to love someone. You put their needs before yours and in return they make you the happiest you could ever be...but strangely enough they are the people that can make you the most sad. Its a crazy, some would say vicious, cycle but one that benefits beyond all measure.

    I dont think I will ever fully understand it. Not ever. It seems that you do though, even if it is only slightly. Thinking of you and your heart during all this. Guard it and keep it strong <3

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    1. Thank you so much for your wise words! Love is really, really weird. My BFF is in med school and she was telling me about how all of the chemicals involved in your brain make falling in love the same as having a heroin addiction. A HEROIN ADDICTION! So, so strange. It's a form of insanity and yet it's so universally accepted and we fall for it every time.

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