Tell me: what have you done in the name of love? What outstanding, super sweet, crazy wild, deliciously secret, sappy, sad, happy, hilarious, goofy, nerdy, mad, stupid, romantic, scary, adventurous, spiritual, silly, wrong, winning thing have you done that when you think of it or remember it now you shiver, shake your head, smile, blush, have a body flush or perhaps shake your head, furrow your brows, purse your lips and wish you could jettison the memory to where it will never be found and you will never remember it?
What is the thing that stands out for you that you’ve done for this thing we call love? What armies did you defeat, hills did you climb, songs did you sing, speed limits did you break? How many cycles of what-if thoughts? How many red-faced, blushing, fumbling, awkward moments did you endure? How long did you stand in the snow, or in the rain, or in the hot sun waiting to casually smiles and wave as she walked by? How many speed limits did you break, rooms did you paint, calls did you make, yoga classes did you attend, marathons did you train for, dog parks did you visit, art galleries did you browse through, books did you buy, songs did you listen to, clothes did you try on, drinks did you drink, all for love?
I’d like to know. I’d like to know what any, all, everyone has ever done in the name of love, for love, the hope of love, about love, your love for her. I’m curious what we all do for love. Or in the name of love. I wonder about it. Would you tell me?
Perhaps it’s not what you did that immediately comes to mind, but what you didn’t do or haven’t done or can’t bring yourself to do for love. Or will never do. Perhaps you sat on your hands. Perhaps pride prevented you from doing what you wanted to do. Or pragmatism: love conquers everything except for what it can’t conquer. Perhaps it’s some regret that swims around in your memory. Perhaps you haven’t experienced love that’s pulled or pushed you out of balance. Perhaps nothing stands out because yours is an experience of an intense, gentle, calm, kind of love, the kind that helped you catch your breath, find your way, and supported your heart in its thump, thump, thumping in a way that tells you’re experiencing a whole lot of a quiet, life-affirming love.
So: would you? Tell me?