We all know the do’s and dont’s of falling in love.
We’ve heard them a million times.
You should never beg someone to stay.
You should love deeply, but never deeply enough that you forget who you were before that person.
You should enjoy every moment with them, but always keep in mind that you lived before this person came into your life and that you can continue to do so after they leave.
But what we don’t know is that when you fall, and I mean truly fall, none of the safety precautions lay at your disposal.
You tell yourself it’d being cynical to think about it ending.
You entwine lifetimes together in the space where their neck meets their shoulder.
You start to forget how to be alone, how to protect your own heart.
You start to believe in happily ever after, because surely with them it’s possible. Surely everyone else was wrong. Because I mean, look at you, clearly true lasting love is possible.
And you want it to be possible.
You want it more than anything.
And for a while, it is.
But then life does what it does and you’re left to wonder where you went wrong.
Did you miss the signs? Had they all been there all along and you were just too blind to see them?
We all hear the stories. We all think we know better. And we do, until we don’t.
Because that’s what it means to fall in love.
We all know where it’ll end, but for a while, we pretend like we don’t.
G, Falling in love with you meant unlearning to be afraid. Please stop breaking my heart. Please stop before I teach myself again the art of letting go and being alone.