What is love? The masses seem to know more than the other, otherwise bookstores would not carry mountains of literature on the topic and professionals would not specialize in the biochemistry anatomy of the repercussions of this luminous endorphin all in the name of love. Humankind has manifested machines soaring higher than the universe. We have created cars that accelerate faster than the human heartbeat. In addition, we have engineered phantom limbs and accessories functioning similar to their real counterparts and additional mysterious inventions. Yet at this day and age, we are still unable to create an explanation for the hidden meaning behind dating and love. I had the pleasure of attending a phenomenal production highlighting stages of relationships.
Smitten: Boy and Girl meet and thus begins the interpretation of the conduction of emotions responsible for the endorphin rush during the initial stages binding the attraction between two people. A playful time where both parties involved are less aware of the minutiae, that exists. We put our “Sunday best” to impress and carelessly enter the unknown without regrets. After this pre-requisite of innocence then the physical attraction enters to provide a cohesive and official bond between two souls. The challenge lies within separating the ecstasy from the emotional logic. He desires your body, mind, and spirit; she yearns for her physical needs to be met. However, in the end the chemical exchange tango dance is met with unexpected conclusion where you both arrive at the juncture promoting the infinite contract stating you are ready to strengthen your bond further; and in the process why not tweet about it and change your Facebook status.
Bitten: As time travels forward you try so hard to remain in the “honeymoon stage” when things are “great, phenomenal, and even awesome” yet, you know the truth because they are just o.k. There is still a half percent chance that you want to mend things and bring back the “old times” but your plus one has moved on to greener pastures. They want a mini plus one, and you remain on the fence of exchanging the two-seater convertible for a S.U.V, with a baby seat and the “Baby on Board” stickers. Perhaps you want to pursue your career and see where it will take you but you become engulfed in chasing the perfect time, life, occasion, sometime in the future that seals the deal for everything else to fall in place and you miss out on the present moment.
We all have our imperfections because that is the nature of the beast, however, if you remain receptive to giving things, especially love, a chance to dominate over our insecurities, doubts, fears, anxiety, naysayers, distractions, etc, it can conquer over anything. However, tread with caution because not all love is pure love; it has to be an endless gateway surrounded with honesty, integrity, respect, and without resistance. If we remain open, receptive, flexible, and compassionate, love has the ability to surprise us.
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By: Laura M. Artis.