Sunday, February 18, 2018

Love and Time

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived; Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and all the others, including Love.

One day, it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So, all the feelings prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed to the end. She wanted to cherish the island paradise until the last possible moment.

When the island was almost totally under, Love decided it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help. 

Just then, Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, Can I come with you on your boat?" Richness answered, "I'm sorry but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."

Then, Love decided to ask Vanity for help, who was passing in a beautiful vessel. Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please."
"I can't help you," Vanity said, "You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat."

Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, " Sadness, please let me go with you."
Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry but I just need to be alone now." 

Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, "Happiness, please take me with you."
But, Happiness was so overjoyed, that he didn't hear Love calling to him. Love began to cry.

She then heard a voice say, "Come, Love, I will take you with me." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name. 

When they arrived on land, the elder went on his way. Love realized how much she owed the elder. 
Love looked for Knowledge and asked, "Who was the elder that helped me?"
"It was Time," Knowledge answered. 

"But, why did Time help me, when no one else would?" Love asked.

Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered, 
"Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."

I read this story once when I was in secondary school. Yes. This story is deep and it tells how only time is capable to understand love.

But now, when I read this, I think Love in this story is stupid.
Love in this story is weak and stupid.

Why can't she just prepare the boat while cherishing the island?
or why can't she just be a badass and swim her way to land?

Then I reflect upon my life and yes, love can make us stupid. Often, emotions control us; clouding our judgment. Of all, love has a very firm grip when taking the control; sometimes it makes you stupid, and interesting enough, love takes control of other emotions as well.

Like a fool, she remained though she knew that the island is sinking. She couldn't help it. It's her nature. When you love you'll try to hold on even though you know, there is no hope.
Sometimes, sinking along with it.
As of now, I can tell... she's not capable yet. She wants to leave. It hurts her. But she doesn't have the courage. She wants to hold on as long as she can.
So, I'll tell her to pick up the wood, and start to build her boat. I'll keep telling her that.
Or maybe when the time comes, she'll swim her way to land.
And that time, I know, she won't look back again.

Have courage!