Over The Moon

“Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say, find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I’m not hearing any heart. Run the risk. If you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love–well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because, if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.”

Let me repeat the most important line: “To make the journey and not fall deeply in love–well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because, if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.” Are you getting this, folks? This is good preaching. “You haven’t lived.”

Legendary jazz guitarist B.B. King has stated that one should not even attempt to play the blues until one has had those blues so deep and so hard that the heart feels like it will break wide open. Then–and only then–can one truly play the blues. Well, the message about love is the same.

Yes, we are living in modern times and yes, they are more challenging in many ways than ever before. But I guarantee the one thing that allowed people to “get by” during the challenging days of their youth was the abandon and distraction of real love. Love that makes you hurt down to the bone when it goes missing, and love that takes you to the highest heights when it is real.

A Beautiful Thing

I’ve been best man at a number of weddings, but once I was somewhat reluctant in that role because the couple was very young and seemed destined for disaster. There was such bad karma from the whole experience I almost withdrew. At the bachelor party, I expressed my hesitation to the groom-to-be, and he smiled and put a hand on my shoulder. He looked me in the eye. “Fuzz,” he said, “there is only one thing that scares me more than beginning a life with this woman.” I nodded and returned his steady gaze. “Trying to even consider living my life without this woman,” he concluded.

That was more than 30 years ago. They are still married and very much in love. And man, it is a beautiful thing to see. Just like it always has been.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com

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