Not like the movies

I’ve watched people I love die. And you know what? It’s not like the movies. And I’ve watched people love; and you know what? It’s not like the movies. The whole purpose of the existence of humanity is to learn to love. To learn what Love is. And Love isn’t like the movies. It’s blood, sweat, and tears. Love is fighting for what you believe is true. 

When people get a job, they don’t leave it just because they have obstacles; no. They learn to overcome those obstacles. So why with love do we so easily throw it away? You’re just too different? Praise the Lord. Someone told me once: if you and I agreed on everything, one of us would be unnecessary. 

Love is hard. It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Don’t let the movies and media fill you with the rubbish that says love is emotion and feelings–it is, but not. Love is so much more. A year ago I would have told you that love is a choice, but today I tell you I wasn’t completely right. Love is a calling–and to look at it any other way is to do it a grave injustice. 

And you might think me naive and young and an amateur, but I ask you this: do we ever become professionals at love? No. Our entire existence is dependent on Love. And to treat it as an option, as an independent clause, is to leave life weakly fragmented and broken. Without a subject, an object, or an action. No love isn’t like the movies or storybooks. Love is hard. But it is worth it. 

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