If you are reading this, let me guess, either you have been intrigued by the title or you are just reading because you saw the word ‘Love’.
Of course, anything that has life seeks love and is love itself. So, are you.
Yes, the very essence of your being is love. Yet, only few of us have found it.
Most of my life, I used to feel bad because I didn’t interact much. But now I know that I am an introvert and it’s my nature, so I have learnt to embrace myself.
I know it’s Ok to be quiet and I no longer force myself to be a part of a discussion unlike earlier times.
Now, when I know about me better , I do better.
Just like Maya Angelou said once,
‘ When you know better, you do better.’
So, the thing I am writing here is all about bringing awareness, so that we know better and then do better.
We all love certainty. Don’t we? We hate not knowing what will be the outcome.
How many of us are scared to express our feelings just because we might be disappointed by the response or will be left feeling hurt or maybe even feel guilty and shameful of having done that later on?
I guess the number will be more than what could be counted on the fingers.
So, the first thing that we can all be aware of is that to express or confess your feelings first is an act of courage, which one shouldn’t refrain from. Perhaps such acts should be appreciated by one and all.
Saying ‘ I Love You’ first is a brave move.
Because you know there is an emotional risk of getting hurt and never having those feelings reciprocated.
By being the first one to confess love, you are not being desperate or putting yourself down or losing the battle of love or saying to the other person that you are needy of love.
You are just expressing your appreciation and letting them know the value they have in your life.
And trust me it’s a very brave move, especially in this era, where ego comes into play a lot.
So, is there any way of not facing the risk of getting hurt?
A big ‘ No ‘.
There will always be some risk.
And if you are trying not to take the risk that is if you try to shut yourself down and try to escape fear, by not expressing yourself, then you will never be able to experience joy, happiness and love fully.
Because joy, happiness, fear, guilt, shame, love all originate from the same place and if you try to block fear, you will block happiness and joy as well.
So, in order to truly express, you will have to take the risk, you will have to be vulnerable, you will have to be open to hurt because there is no other way of fully feeling Love , Joy, Happiness and many more good things.
Apply this on any of your life situations and you will know how it works.
So, to summarise this, I would like to use these words of gem by Dr. Brene Brown from the book ‘ Daring Greatly ‘.
Love is uncertain. It’s incredibly risky. And loving someone leaves us emotionally exposed. Yes, it’s scary and yes, we are open to being hurt, but can you imagine your life without loving or being loved?
# Awareness 1
It’s a brave move to take the risk of expressing oneself first and the only way to experience pure joy.
Now, you must have heard the famous line,
” Pyaar kiya nhi jata, pyaar ho jata h “
‘You don’t intend to fall in love, it just happens’
And all those who are in Love would definitely agree with this.
The girl mentioned in the title also believed in this.
But then she couldn’t fall in love so what went wrong?
She was born in the 90’s and had grown up believing in the ‘Love’ shown in bollywood movies such as Dil toh pagal hai, DDLJ , just to name a few. She was a die hard romantic, at least what she believed herself to be.
So far everything was good in her life until she got a proposal. A proposal worth considering.
But much to her surprise, she found herself choking. She felt uneasy and uncomfortable.
She couldn’t fathom that what was stopping her from saying a ‘Yes’ to the proposal .
Unable to handle her eccentric behaviour ,she decided to say a ‘No’.
A year down the line, she got another proposal. Again, she felt a shiver down the spine and was again going restless, but as the proposal was decent, this time she decided to ignore her anxiety and said a ‘Yes’.
Two months into the relation and she felt drained of all her energy.
She was not at all her own self in the relation. Every time through her actions, she was trying to prove herself worthy of her partner’s affection.
She would go out of the way to do things for her partner and this would leave her exhausted. Even though not once had her partner asked or expected her to be somebody else than her own self.
But she had become someone else, it was all becoming a pretense and unable to take the myriads of emotions of anger, disgust and frustration that she felt, she finally ended her relation.
Surely, it hurt, but at least she could breathe now.
One year down the line, while driving, she got the answer.
The reason she choked on the thought of someone loving her was because
She hadn’t loved herself yet.
Yes, she hadn’t.
She didn’t consider herself worthy of love she was getting.
She doubted if she deserved love.
As she hadn’t embraced herself yet, it surprised her how could someone else.
So she would go out of the way to prove that she deserved the love.
And this was the reason behind all her exhaustion.
More often than not, things don’t work out , just because you start becoming someone else, you start changing yourself, not because you want to be better, but because you want to prove something to your partner.
You feel that you are less in some way and that you are not enough. You start wearing masks and you lose not only your self but your relation as well.
Just because, you don’t Love yourself fully.
# Awareness 2
Loving oneself is the most important thing (in a relation).
To sum it up, lines from the song ‘Dhunki ‘
‘ Karle khud se he pyaar bandeya
Hai jahan Ki tujh ko khabar
Khud se hai pr Tu bekhabar
Lai le apni v saar bandeya ‘
‘You know about the world, but not about yourself
Fall in love with yourself, find the meaning of your existence’
Thanks for reading !
And I will be happy to hear your views on this.
- Dr. Brene Brown, ‘Daring Greatly’
- Anita Moorjani’s video