This kid, in my class today… This fuckin 19 year old kid tried to explain to me today, that, because I am not in love with somebody, no matter what I do. I could not possibly be completely happy. That I, a human not currently in love with another human, could not fathom what he even means, when he says the word “happy.” To this, I explained to him that, “finding love” is not a priority right now.
Him:”So you don’t believe in true love” he said.
Me:”No, I didn’t say I didn’t believe in true love, I simply am not trying to force it to happen. I have other things I want to do.”
Me: “Like travel, I want to go places and see things and discover the world.”
Him:”What does any of that mean if you’re not in love?”
Which has had me thinking… There are a few choice moments in my life that immediately come to mind about times that I have felt truly happy.
Sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan, while visiting my home town
for the first time in 13 years.
Laying on the sand dunes at White Sands National Monument, watching sunset and then moonrise.
Standing in pitch black darkness in the Yukon, surrounded by pine trees and seeing The Northern Lights overhead.
Swimming through a waterfall, on a hiking trip and feeling that in those
few moments nothing else mattered.
Now don’t get me wrong, I had people around me in all those moments but
none that I was in love with and I don’t think it’s made those moments
any less significant. It was just amazing to me, that this is the way this kid
thinks, because I don’t think he is the only one. My greatest wish for every
single person, would be that they all under stood that you don’t need to be
in love to be a complete person, or for the wonderful adventures you have