“Love is the vital core of the soul. 
And of all you see, only love is infinite.”

Rumi

To love is to put yourself out there completely. To me, there is no other choice. I love life and I love what life gives back to me. It’s a constant tango we dance, and I enjoy every moment of it. I commonly hear that people are scared to love. They are scared to invest time and effort into something or someone that they aren’t sure will stand the test of time. My question to those people is usually this: “why are you spending so much time rigorously testing applicants instead of accepting them for who they are?” I understand that it’s hard to put yourself out there 100%. It took me years to manifest this notion of love and total acceptance, and I’m still learning and practicing till this day! I’ve had my fair share of “one-sided” relationships where I’ve asked myself, “what have I done? What could I have done better?” And for many years, I just didn’t have the answers. It wasn’t until I silenced my worries about being loved back or loving in the right way that I began to transform how I viewed my interactions with others. It wasn’t about what I could get out of an interaction — it was about what I could add to a person’s life. A question I constantly ask myself is, “am I adding to or subtracting from the suffering of this person’s life?” This subtle but powerful question served as a guide to my daily encounters with people, regardless of if I knew them personally or not. I feel a humanistic, existential responsibility to my fellow people. This is still a work in progress, as I am trying to learn to treat those who do or wish ill upon me with the same respect. I have been told that it may seem, at times, that I am putting the happiness of others over the happiness of myself. To them I paraphrase an age-old adagio…the greatest fulfillment is seeking to serve others. Try it today, put yourself on the precipice of love. Live, laugh and serve others unconditionally and without prejudice. Don’t take my word for it, I want you to experience it for yourself.

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