Love // Freedom

Love; it’s more than the attraction. Physical, emotional, both, it doesn’t end there. Love conquers all, no exceptions. Love is life. You cannot feel without it, you cannot live without it. 

But with all the confusion and dishonesty in the world, how is it that we recognize what’s real and what isn’t? Its simple; we just do.

Real, true love brings you distinct, almost instantly recognizable feelings, whether or not you’ve experienced it before. It may or may not be slightly different for everyone lucky enough to stumble upon it. But one thing is for sure; it brings you life.

Love feels like coming up for fresh air after suffering in the waves that seemed they’d never stop crashing.

Love feels like your entire being at rest, in a deep relaxation, after days and days of each and every muscle and nerve fighting for survival. 

When you’ve spent all this time and energy fighting, trying, gasping for air only to come up with mouthfuls of impure, salty seawater; it feels as if you’re back to square one with no signs of the struggle lessening. 

Until suddenly, whilst your aching arms and legs begin to give in and lock up, you spot an island of boulders in the distance. You find that though it’s still a struggle to glide yourself through the water pressure of the immense waves, the hope is there.

The hope and desire to really live life is what brings you the strength you need in order to keeping pushing, swimming, and to climb.

You’re aware, once you’ve reached the island of boulders, that all the rocks aren’t that smooth. There are edges sharp enough to scar, and areas wet enough for you to slip.

But you’ve already come this far and worked this hard. A little more pain and discomfort is worth the freedom of reaching the top, feeling your skin soaking in the sun, and inhaling the freshest, most energizing air you’ve ever had a taste of.

That moment of blissful rest; simply existing and the pure happiness and gratitude of that triumphant, strengthening moment. That is what love feels like. Following your instincts, listening to your heart, and surviving, together. As a team.

Love feels like freedom.

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