“All You Need Is Love…”

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Life
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Whatever. Not these days, it seems. My mother tells me I’m too old to be ‘lovesick’. Well, if you want to define ‘lovesick’ by today’s standards, I guess I’m feeling a sense of abandonment, I’m not really ‘in love’, just co-dependent. I’ll never understand why people in this world today don’t believe in love anymore. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, maybe it’s the artist and poet in me, but love used to mean something. Now it’s all clouded, corrupted and over-analyzed by society. Society’s sick need to define everything as dysfunctional, diseased, and imperfect. People used to do tremendous things for love. King Edward VIII of England fell in love with Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee, and was not permitted to marry her unless he abdicated the throne of England and lived in exile. Well, guess what, in 1936, he did just that, abdicated the throne and moved to Paris in exile, just to marry the woman he loved. I wish  someone would love me like that. Not to exclude same-sex relationships, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas met in 1907. They were together at a time when homosexuality was very taboo, but they remained together for 39 years until Stein’s death in 1946. They’re even buried together in Pere La Chaise Cemetery in Paris, France. I wish someone would love me for that long. I think another great love story that society kind of laughed at was John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Despite the controversy surrounding the Beatles break-up, I think John’s love for Yoko and the distraction of that deep love contributed greatly to the Beatles separation. He gave up the greatest rock and roll band of all time to be with Yoko, for love. I wish someone would make that kind of sacrifice for me. Call me a hopeless romantic…I guess all I can do is keep believing and hoping someday love will find me again…

  1. Brilliant. I share very similar thoughts on the matter of defining love. People these days try very hard to define what it is, and then when that definition is not met, they come out extremely disappointed and think they’ll never find love. I don’t think people will ever be happy if they over-analyze absolutely everything. Great writing.

  2. Lisa says:

    Betty, love comes in many different forms and the world needs more hopeless romantics!

  3. mandylou06 says:

    Great article, Betty Ann. I really recognize myself in it. First of all, you’re never too old to be “lovesick”, whatever “lovesick” means. Second of all, I know this feeling of co-dependency and abandonment : I’ve lived with it all my adult life, and like you, I’ve been in awe of this kind of beautiful love stories, all my life. Keep hoping and believing, Betty Ann. That’s the only thing we can do. And that’s what keeps us alive.

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