I have admitted before that my guilty pleasure is anything to do with “The Bachelor”, “The Bachelorette” or “Bachelor in Paradise”. The shows are a ridiculous waste of time but time that allows me to indulge in absurd adult behavior caught on film and edited in a fashion that allows the viewers to quickly form opinions, not necessarily their own, about the participants on “reality television” but leave reality completely behind.
After the most recent publicly humiliating break-up, a female contestant was asked if she was in love with the man who broke her heart. Her inane response, through a shower of tears, was, “No, but it was close enough.”.
That line stuck with me for a long time after the show ended. Through a furrowed brow, I frequently went back to that line and mulled over how sad a life she must lead if she is merely willing to settle for close enough. I know I am giving too much attention to a line on a television show that was edited for its shock value but it made me think about how many people suffer from the same yearning of just wanting to believe they have found that special person.
This past weekend I was privileged to witness, and be part of, a ceremony that was leaps and bounds past close enough. Two people, who are a perfect fit, pledged their love to each other in front of family and friends this past Saturday. Their connection to each other redefines the opposite of close enough. Their body language sounds louder than an orchestra. Their eye contact portrays more emotion than a well-directed Hollywood romance. And their genuine affection and care for each other is as conspicuous as snow in July.
Although I have a few more years under my belt, this past weekend they taught me a life lesson about what it is to truly find the person you were meant to be with. There is no close enough. There is no settling. Love has one definition and there is no room for interpretation. Love has no voice, only actions. Anyone can say ‘I love you’ but it is the person that is willing to show you that love who will truly capture your heart.
Robert Heinlein said it and I quoted him in my toast to the happy couple ~ “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
They have found that love. And I can only hope that everyone has, or one day will have, the great fortune of finding a love that is close enough to the that bond these two share.