I once thought that I had given all the love that I had inside of me to give, away. I believed that there were no parts of a heart that loved everything it saw left to give anymore love to anyone, or anything else. ‘How stubbornly foolish was I‘, I realized, when I fell in love right away again with the first beautiful smile that came my way.
Throughout the years, I have met many loves. Loves who I sincerely felt were the loves of my life, and loves who I knew would leave me faster than the daydreams I had built inside my mind of our futures together. It was only through a combination of those loves that I began to understand what love is..
Love isn’t a rich man on a rich island who gives you everything you want because he can. Love isn’t a poor girl in a poor neighborhood who loves you mindlessly because of who she suspects you to be. No. Love is the endless dance that you both do whenever you get together. It is the waltz that your hearts sync with whenever they are with one another, and no matter how many years or decades have walked on by. Love is the kiss that you share because you both want it and have longed for it. Love, are moments of tenderness that you willfully give to someone rather than have asked for by anyone. Love is—selfless.
“The Rain”, by Oh Wonder is a simple reminder to me, in this new year, of what love is. It’s a melody or sound that I can adore at first listen, the same way that I have fallen in love at first sight, time and time again. It’s a soft whisper in your ear that gently tickles it the way we all love that feeling when it happens, even if it makes us slightly uncomfortable to love it so.
I’ve given all my love to you”.
“The Rain”, could not have been a better title for this song as it explains itself more perfectly than most of the abstract titles for tunes these days. It feels like a misty rain that starts off as a light fog, deepening just a tad into a light drizzle, but that never, ever, gets to progress into a storm; it doesn’t need to.
Love doesn’t need you to do anything else but to be itself. Remember that for 2015.