Love. Some of us run from it, even try to avoid it. But even the most negative or "hardest" person in the world succombs to it eventually. We all fall, sooner or later. It's an inexplicable force that can be both a curse and a blessing, depending on your perspective. I believe that it is always a blessing. Without love, what is there? Even if you don't have the feeling of "romantic" love in your life, some type of love exists for all of us, but right now I want to talk about romantic love.
I think I'm from another time and place when it comes to love. I feel love to the core. I write poems, I express myself in unconventional ways sometimes, I sing and dance with more joy, everything has a different taste and life just has a different flavor. I can't stop smiling when I am in love. I'm not good at playing games when it comes to love. I just like to "be." And yes, I'm a complete "fool" when it comes to love, because to an outsider, I probably seem so silly. The worst part is that I'm ok with that.
If the dictionary had a photograph of what a hopeless romantic looked like, my picture would fit right in. It's those little details that matter the most to me. Money doesn't impress me. The time and energy that is placed into showing somebody you care does. Or at least that's the case with me.
My advice is to not take love for granted. Just because you love somebody and that someone loves you, love still has to be nurtured and cared for. Keep that flame burning. I know that life can get in the way sometimes. Stress and other things that come about can distract us from love, but always come back. And don't wait too long. Keep the love that you have alive.
Love is a gift that not everyone experiences. If you've experienced it at least once, you know what I'm talking about. Even if things didn't turn out the way you had hoped they would, you did love someone and were loved in return at some point.
When love hits you, it hits unapologetically. It can feel as if you've been hit by us bus -- or worse. You don't know what hit you! When that happens, chances are you've fallen in love. Take care of your gift. What you do with these feelings that will surely take you on a rollercoaster ride, is up to you. But do remember this -- love is a gift.
Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.