Love: A Leap of Faith

Photography Credit: Falon Koontz

In every relationship we endeavor to find the one, we make a leap of faith that is essentially a testament of faith in ourselves, in others, and in some cases, God. There are times when we feel that with every leap of faith, we put more than just our limbs at risk. This notion hits us, and we begin to panic, close up, and steer away from what possibly could be a great new change in our life. Many people don’t realize arms and legs can be broken, and so too can the heart, but they also can all be mended. So when you’re standing on that cliff, ask yourself this: is this person worth jumping for even if they weren’t there to catch you? Are they worth the broken limbs, and possibly a broken heart? And if you answer yourself “no”, in most cases, you would jump anyway because that’s what people do. As human beings, we take risks because that is how we learn. All risks come with consequences, but regardless of what they are we will never know until we actually do it.

With every relationship that ends, we learn (or at least try to) what we want and do not want for ourselves. We all seek that someone who we feel completes us, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Someone who inspires us to become an even better person than we already are; who motivates us to succeed in life and doesn’t see us as mediocre, but pushes us to become someone far greater than what we ever envisioned for ourselves; someone we learn something new from everyday, who excites us with every gesture, every touch, and every kiss; and someone who believes in us as much as they believe in themselves. And when we have found this person, we pray and ask God to let this person be the one because the idea of having to leap one more time would just be too hard to endure.

The truth is, there is no such thing as the one. Nobody is perfect, and certainly everyone has their flaws. What happens is as we mature, we learn to make exceptions. And it is because of love–and most importantly, time–that we make exceptions and accept these flaws as something beautiful within their character. It’s true when people say faces attract, but personalities keep because with age, faces change and ultimately what we are left with is everything else that makes that face of theirs eternally beautiful. That, is what makes our one.

BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE DO. THEY LEAP, AND HOPE TO GOD THEY CAN FLY, BECAUSE OTHERWISE. YOU JUST DROP LIKE A ROCK, WONDERING THE WHOLE WAY DOWN, WHY IN THE HELL DID I JUMP?
— Hitch