Anonymous said: I almost teared up when you said that not everyone is meant to fall in love. I hope you don't mean that. Could you elaborate? That really breaks my heart to think that I could live my whole life and never find love when you found it in the 8th grade.
I just don’t think it’s necessary to be married or in love to be happy. It certainly can add to your life, and I am so blessed to have found love young, but you can still be very happy as the person you are now even without the romantic love of a long term partner. Not everyone gets married…..but love can be experienced through many things. Through family, experiences, friends. I just don’t think it should be an expectation that ‘everyone gets married’ or ‘everyone falls in love’ because it is simply not true. And if it is not true, our happiness and worth must be founded in something else. I have close people in my life who never got married. And yes, it is sad. And I am sure they had to deal with a measure of sadness as well, but along the way they learned that joy is not situational and can be found in many things, not just a spouse. I wouldn’t worry about finding love. Most often, you will and you will find joy in it. But find your joy before that girlfriend or husband or whoever….because your joy isn’t supposed to be found in them anyway. <3 Hope that helps a bit, sweet friend.
If you’ve ever doubted yourself, walk deep into any forest. Notice how the trees still stand even though they are given no recognition. Walk along any stream. The water still flows, though no one stops to praise it. Watch the stars late at night; they shine without acknowledgment. Humans are just the same. We are made out of the same elements as these beautiful wonders. Always remember your beauty and self worth.