We walked down the street hand in hand, laughing, oblivious to the raindrops that danced around us. We were in that place we so often go where no one and nothing mattered except being in the moment with each other. When you think about where each of us was just a couple of years ago, that seemed impossible. Hurt, guarded, afraid of love. But then you came along, and I can not lie the moment I saw you, I knew for me you were going to change all that. But I wondered could you feel the way I did. Were you ready to love again? Slowly you opened the door a little and gradually let me get close to you, but you were still guarded, keeping me in the dark about your true feeling. Even when I thought I was breaking through, you would find a reason to withdraw. Family and friends would say we could never work that you would never open your heart to another man again after what the last one put you through. But I couldn’t walk away. My heart was already committed, and even though you tried to keep it a secret, I knew deep down you felt the same way. I wasn’t going to rush you; I loved you, and I was willing to wait, to be there when you were ready to commit. Then one night, my phone rang, and you were on the other end of the line. Can you come over? You asked we’ve got to talk. When you opened the door, I could see in your eyes right away that your heart was ready to commit. You smiled and simply said, you know I love you, and from that moment, our hearts were joined. Two hearts once afraid to love now bonded together, and I’m never going to let you go.
I’ve got an early morning meeting today, so I’m up before the sun. As I quietly move around the bedroom so as not to wake you, I stop for a second to take in your beauty as you sleep. Now, this wasn’t some movie scene. Your hair was a mess, and I’m pretty sure there was a bit of drool on your pillow, yet all I could think as I stood there was how beautiful you were. Your beauty was only a piece of the complex puzzle that was you. Your mind, your intelligence, wow, so exciting. When we first met at the office, I remember going back and forth across the table at meetings; this woman is on point, I would think to myself; she makes me see things in a way I would never have thought possible. The fire you put into everything in your life pushes me and has made me a better man. Your compassion and how you instinctively know what to say or do when I am going through a rough patch; your words and actions remind me that I never have to fight the battle alone because you will always be by my side. I bend down and kiss your forehead and whisper, I love you and you through your sleep whisper back I love you too, and I smile, knowing it’s going to be a good day because no matter what happens when I come home, I’m coming home to you.
You’re away on business and
I check my phone every few minutes for your text.
I listen to songs that remind me of you.
I close my eyes, and I see your smile.
You awaken my soul.
You give me strength.
You open my heart to the joy of true love.
You bring me true happiness.
I count the minutes until I see you again.
I can’t wait for when I can hold you again.
You are my everything, and I love you.
Embrace the moment, love in the moment, do not look back, do not look forward; instead, embrace the moment. Pull that someone special close to you, look them in the eyes, and lose yourself to the love between the two of you at that moment. Slow dance with them. Hug them, kiss them, tell them you love them, feel your two hearts beating as one. Yesterday is the past, and the future is not guaranteed, but the moment is now; embrace it, revel in it. Because in a second, it will be gone.
The love between two people is not something that should ever be put on autopilot. When two people love each other, they must work every day to maintain that love, to ensure they don’t take their love for granted. To avoid slowly growing apart unbeknownst to even them until the day comes when one of them wakes up, looks at the other one laying beside them, and feels nothing. In a relationship the goal of all couple should be to fall in love with and have your partner fall in love with you every day. It’s not that hard to do when there is a genuine bond between two people who have given each other the key to their hearts, but it is just as easy for that bond to be broken when the love is taken for granted. Love should never be taken for granted because when you find that person who is your soulmate and lose them, a piece of your heart will always remain empty where they once resided.
Love is living in the moment, wanting your voice to be the last thing I hear every night, your smile to be the first thing I see every morning, feeling of warmth that comes over me every time I look at you and remember our first kiss, such a turn on, a tease, so loving, a promise of something more, I don’t know what our future holds, no one could, but I know at this moment I love you, and as long as we hold on to our love each moment, our love will always be strong.
Everyone dreams when they sleep, but when I wake, it’s your face that is the first thing I see; And I realize you are my dream. All my life, I dreamed I would find someone who I would trust with my heart—that person with who I want to build a life and grow old with. Every time I look at you, and you smile at me, I feel an unknown force has guided us to each other. Two hearts connected across time destined to be together. Our connection so strong we can look across a crowded room and see only each other; look into each other eyes and have an entire conversation. You bring out the best in me because I want to be the best for you. Every time I wake, my dreams just begin because I wake to you.
In life, we travel divergent paths, and along the way, we encounter people and have experiences that will shape the very essence of who we are. Each day we will cross the paths of hundreds if not thousands of other people. Some of whom will leave a lasting impression, others merely a fleeting memory. One day our path will cross another’s, and at that very moment, in that very place, it will become apparent for the first time to us what our lives were truly meant to be.
This will be the beginning of a love that we will never be able to describe in words truly. Nevertheless, when we hold each other’s hand, hear each other’s voice, see each other’s smile and look into each other’s eyes, we will understand that we share a love so passionate, so deep that we would never have believed it was possible until our paths crossed that fateful day. From that moment, we will never walk the path alone again but always together as partners, best friends, soul mates, and lovers. Along the path, there will be unknowns and obstacles, yet our love will never waver. Because we know that the foundation on which our relationship is built, trust, respect, and most importantly, love is a foundation strong enough to withstanding anything we could ever face.
Our search is over. We have finally found each other. The hurt from past relationships has molded us into who we are today. Not two bitter souls but two individuals who learned from and gained strength from heartbreak. Two hearts that were broken, having healed and ready to love again. We know that life is better when shared with someone we love who loves us back, and it is through our past heartbreak, we appreciate each other that much more. Your very presence, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand, comforts my very soul. It sometimes seems that we have known each other forever, and while that isn’t true, I can never see myself without you again. You are not merely my lover; you are my best friend—the person who supports my dreams and keeps me moving forward in times of adversity. You always listen to me and provide me with a shoulder to lean on when needed. Each night I hold you close to my heart. Each morning I smile when your face is the first thing I gaze upon. Our love for each other is so strong that others can glance at us and feel it. Our search is over, and I couldn’t be happier.
The computerized voice boomed crystal clear over the speakers,
This is the uptown Number 2 train 42nd street, next stop 72nd street. Stand clear of the closing doors.
Another part of old New York City gone, I thought, the subway conductor’s indecipherable voice.
On most nights, my commute is like a Beats headphone commercial. You know, the one where the athlete puts on the headphones and shuts out everything in the world around them. I want to close my eyes, turn up the music and pretend I am anywhere but where I am at that moment. But this Friday evening, as I stood in my favorite spot, in front of the car back against the forward-facing door, I decided to amuse myself and pass the time by observing my fellow uptown number 2 commuters. This spot is perfect as it affords me a vantage point of the entire car and its occupants. Tonight’s crowd included the usual suspects. The businessmen in their expensive suits boasting to each other about the big deal they just closed or bitching about the big deal that got away. Funny how every time one got away, it was never their fault but the fault of some co-worker’s incompetence, or at least that how they told it. There was the blue-collar crowd fresh off another exhausting 12-hour shift. Happy to be going home yet too tired to show it. And, of course, there were the millennials. Happily texting on their smartphones, joking and laughing with each other, and telling each other how they think they’re going to quit their job because they have been there three months already, and they don’t believe they are making an impact that can change the world. I thought this is New York, and we all probably need some therapy, but this group, the millennials, were perhaps in need of more therapy than anyone else. All in all, it was just your usual cast of characters on a Friday night uptown number 2.
Then I spied them, the couple sitting in the middle of the car. She had long straight hair with several colors and was dressed in an ankle-length tie-dye skirt and a tan tee-shirt with sunflowers. Her wrist was adorned with several bracelets that went halfway up her arm. She appeared to be in her mid-40s, and upon closer inspection, it was evident to whoever bothered to look she was very striking. He was sporting a scruffy looking beard and wearing glasses, blue jeans, and a long-sleeve pullover shirt. His attire was not nearly as eccentric as hers except for his straight out of the 80s canvas Pro-Keds, high tops, and bright red. Despite what her hippy look and his red high top Keds might have inferred about them, they were engrossed not in some counter-culture discussion but the New York Times crossword puzzle. I noticed they sat as close as you could get to one another, her leg draped over his. They argued, they laughed and got legitimately excited when they figured out a tough clue. They constantly looked directly into each other eyes and smiled. And it was the look in their eyes that gave away what should have been painfully apparent to me by that point; they were very much in love and likely had been so for a very long time. This couple is in their own Beats commercial, I thought. Nothing around them mattered, and despite the noise, the only sound they heard was each other’s voices. Their world was each other, and nothing else mattered, and it was clear that was alright with them.
This is the uptown Number 2 train 96th street, next stop 110th street Central Park North.
He stood folding the paper and said, this is us. They gave each other a quick kiss and instinctively grabbed for each other hand as they strolled off the train. Their interaction with each other brought a smile to my face. One that was much-needed after a long week at work and the desire to reaffirm my fragile belief in the concept of love.
Stand clear of the closing doors; the computerized voice boomed crystal clear over the speakers.