“One day you will ask me what I love more, you or my life, and when I say my life you will walk away from me without knowing that you are my life.”
Ah. Valentine’s Day.
One of my favorite days of the year (yeah … I am a diehard romantic).
It may seem like a constructed event and day, but who cares.
First. It has a significant role in that it helps the general male population not be asses all the time. Using some advertising industry lingo I think of Valentine’s Day as sort of an “aided awareness” event for guys.
Most guys stumble around through life and relationships kinda thinking they need to do something for a ‘loved one’ but unless tripped by their significant other never really do anything. And then Valentine’s Day comes along and it is ‘game on.’
That is aided awareness at its best.
Second. Valentine’s Day should remind you of the awesomeness of togetherness.
I have spent the day together, alone and semi-together (think long distance apart).
But the day itself also serves as a reminder to us (well … at least this one lifelong bachelor) about some things. Love. Companionship. And being alone versus loneliness.
I know I don’t think much about loneliness despite often being alone. And valentine’s day doesn’t really make me feel lonely because I have been so fortunate in my life with regard to the women in my life I tend to take the day, if I am not ‘together’ with someone, to think back on the times I was together with someone and how great it was (and how great they were).
But it does make me think about life and being alone.
Oddly loneliness and being alone really only seem to intersect in life through success. Yeah. Success.
Cause when success in life does come along and you don’t have someone to share it with … well … it seems to mean a lot less. Okay. Sometimes almost nothing in the scheme of things (I know … that is harsh & extreme but it seems to capture the essence & truth of the thought).
I have a good life and a fairly successful career. Certainly had my share of great life and career moments. So I feel qualified in judging this thought I am sharing.
I do know that I can describe some of the big moments in my career and still have difficulty describing the heights of emotion one feels. Your heart almost explodes. It’s like how you hold your breath watching that USA gymnast in the Olympics for their entire routine and when they stick the ending flawlessly you want to shout and jump and down for them. Only it’s exponentially bigger because it is you. It’s personal.
Maybe 4 minutes later (absolutely less than 5 minutes) there is a slightly unsettling silence that overcomes you.
Yes. In less than 250 seconds you can suddenly go from feeling the extremest high of highs to facing the harsh realization that there is no one to share it with. And that isn’t a low … it is just an emptiness. An empty space.
Oh sure, there are family and friends.
But it’s not the same.
Because success isn’t really about congratulations or having a cheering section because that stuff I can do all by my lonesome.
In the end the victory is slightly hollow because there is nothing … absolutely nothing … better than being able to share the moment with someone who means the world to you. And without someone, well, I guess it just potentially trickles into nothingness.
Look. There are no excuses on this one.
It is easy to suggest work gets in the way of togetherness as workdays often turn into work nights and working weekends and your social life soon becomes something on your work list that you never seem to get done.
But it isn’t just work. Its life. I saw a friend yesterday and he said “I just didn’t have time.” I suggested it was actually “when I had the time it just wasn’t the right time to do that.’
We sometimes become a slave to life and all the things we need to do. So when you actually do have time … whatever else you have to do (or want to do) comes down to timing (i.e., what do I feel like doing at that time). And some really good things just get passed over not because you didn’t have time but rather because it just wasn’t what you were inspired to do within that free time.
Ok. Back to alone and togetherness.
I choose how I live my life so I am not complaining in this post.
And I am not one of those people who say there is no time or the energy to invest into a relationship.
Because bottom line it’s really not about wanting something (or wanting it bad enough) because if that right person shows up … you make time.
Chicken or egg I am not sure but it is what it is. All I really know is that it is amazing how time expands when you find that someone you want to be together with. There is no such thing as ‘not enough time.’
Here is the harsh truth.
“I’m too busy” people are one of two things – either selfish (putting everything in their own life ahead of any other person) or uninspired (no one has sparked the time expansion life postulate to make it happen).
And I think that is what love is kinda all about.
I am pretty sure life is not about people finding balance between life, career and love. Why? Because I tend to believe true love forces balance. True love creates balance in your life. You don’t “make time” for true love. Time is always there for that kind of love.
So I guess the point of all this is that it is days like Valentine’s Day that remind me that being together is awesome.
And if you have that special someone and it takes Valentine’s Day to make you step up to the plate to tell them how special they are … then, well, step up and do it.
And while you do that … maybe take a second and think about those little success moments you have had in life and how awesome it was that in that moment you had someone to share it with. Cause in the end those are truly the “valentine’s day” days. They just don’t have the chocolate and the roses and stuff.
To all my past valentine’s … thanks, you were always there “… to double the joys and halve the griefs.”
Happy Valentine’s Day.