The most beautiful man in the world went home today. I already miss his presence. I miss his kindness, his humor (and that amazing laugh), his acceptance, his way of loving so genuinely, the way he effortlessly makes everyone’s day brighter. I miss his face. And yet I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the time we had together. Every second is burned into my brain, into my heart. I am learning what it’s like to be loved with true kindness and respect, and in that, I am also learning how to love better.
Because of the myriad of emotions coursing through me today, my wee one and I decided to go see a movie in order to get my mind distracted for a bit. Of course, we chose Wonder Woman. I am not a superhero movie type of person, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Wonder Woman… proven by that very hidden photo of 6-year-old me in my Wonder Woman Underoos (and possibly by the tank top and socks in my drawer that may or may not have capes attached to them… don’t judge me).
I walked into the theater a bit hesitant. Three hours later, I walked out of the theater so emotionally overwhelmed that I fought tears the entire twenty-minute drive home.
Because, you see, Wonder Woman isn’t a superhero movie. It’s a love story.
It isn’t just a romantic love story, it’s a story of love for all of humankind. A story of courage and kindness. It’s a story of purity and acceptance, and standing up for what you believe in.
Near the end of the movie, one of the main characters says “We don’t have much time.” That line hit me hard, especially with the emotions that were sitting so close to the surface all day.
You guys, we don’t have much time.
Go out there and love with everything you have. Fight for what you believe in. It doesn’t matter what other people think, or what other people might say. Let them think it. Let them say it. We need to be true to ourselves, we need to listen to our hearts… even if it means going against the grain. Even if it means braving the judgment of outsiders.
Love. Even when it hurts – because it damned well will.
Love. Even when people call you crazy and don’t understand any of it.
Love. Even when it’s so scary that you can barely breathe.
Love. Give it all you’ve got and then give it some more.
We don’t have much time.