The New York Times has a great weekly column called Modern Love that let’s readers share their love stories with the world. They are all interesting to read because they truly reflect that everyone’s love is slightly different. All the variables of two people in the world meeting, getting together, and falling in love that are impossible to quantify. Reading this column truly reinforces that love can happen in many ways from the unexpected to the seemingly mundane.
One particular story stood out for me. A truly beautiful, simple love story called, “The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap”. For me, it really illustrates the joy of being in a relationship and how it really is the little moments in life that can be the most romantic and rewarding. This passage in particular stood out:
“OLD LOVE is different. In our 70s and 80s, we had been through enough of life’s ups and downs to know who we were, and we had learned to compromise. We knew something about death because we had seen loved ones die. The finish line was drawing closer. Why not have one last blossoming of the heart?
I was no longer so pretty, but I was not so neurotic either. I had survived loss and mistakes and ill-considered decisions; if this relationship failed, I’d survive that too. And unlike other men I’d been with, Sam was a grown-up, unafraid of intimacy, who joyfully explored what life had to offer. We followed our hearts and gambled, and for a few years we had a bit of heaven on earth.”
Here is a link Modern Love, enjoy!