Wednesday, September 28, 2011

like riding a bike

Remember that time in High School when you were totally convinced you were in love?
And you were so blissfully, ignorantly happy through all of it?
They say hindsight is 20/20.

And perhaps that's true. You can look back and see that it never would have worked out.
But, how do you know it never would have worked out?
Once the decision was made to end the relationship, you talk yourself out of loving them because it's no longer blissful, it's painful.

Fast forward to college.
You're obviously waaaay more mature and totally ready for marriage.
Because those kind of things change over night.
You let yourself fall in love again, you are convinced that everything is completely perfect and you've found that one person who makes you happier than anyone else.
Then, things change and he completely shatters your heart.

Slowly, you buck up and move on.
You fall in and out of heartbreak a couple more times.
Each time, you move on and try again.

When is it that you reach the point where you can't anymore?
You've fallen off the bike so many times that you couldn't possibly fit any more princess bandages on your skinned knees.
You're about ready to take that bike and throw it off a cliff.

But, somewhere deep inside, you know it's all worth it.
You know that someday, you'll look back with your 20/20 hindsight and say "How silly was I for crying over that?" and "You know, I really should have been nicer to him."
And you'll have chosen someone you want to be with forever.
Because really, our choices define us.

I learned a really important lesson when I was 17.
My choir teacher introduced me to Mr. Jazon Mraz and played this song for me.

It takes no time to fall in love, but it takes you years to know what love is.
Falling in love is simple.
I fell in love with this ice cream  just the other day.
Knowing what love is, though, that takes time.

It takes those fears to make you trust...
Learning to ride a bike meant getting back on no matter how many times you skinned your knee.
You tried and tried until you found success.
Because you knew you'd regret it if you gave up.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

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