We all learn from a young age that life isn’t always fair; things will not always go the way we plan. Love is no exception. When you give your heart to someone, there is no guarantee they will keep it with diligence.
It would be convenient if relationships came with a satisfaction guarantee—a promise you will get your heart back, fully in tact just as it was before, in the event the relationship doesn’t work out. But things are just not that simple.
And I’m talking about more than romantic relationships here. When a friendship ends, it cuts deep. The loss felt by the absence of a once-close friend can be more devastating than the loss experienced by the end of a romance.
So what do you do then? Avoid relationships? Harden your heart? Leave others before they can leave you?
No. None of these is the right course of action. To live this way would be to miss out on one of the greatest gifts life has to offer—love. With or without a guarantee, love is worth the risk of getting hurt. It shows us what is possible. It hints at the greatness that is out there.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat” (Theodore Roosevelt).
With love comes potential heartache, potential loss, potential pain, potential regret. But with it also comes the potential for greatness, for joy unspeakable and beauty that can be felt. Do not live in the gray of twilight. Dare a mighty thing—dare to love.