Magnets are fun.
Hold one in each hand and they snap together – clink! Pry them apart slowly and you can feel them seeking each other out as they struggle against you until they are rejoined. That’s how it is, in the beginning, when the two of you hold hands.
Now turn one around and they repel each other with the same force that had just been pulling them together. That’s how it feels when things start to go wrong.
Anticipation is impatience without the attitude.
She takes an extra thirty minutes to work on her hair. Who cares? Losing a reservation is not like missing a meeting with your probation officer. She’s doing it for you! So you wait and you don’t complain. The long ride out to see her doesn’t seem long at all. If it were a friend asking you to make that trip, you’d probably think about it before saying no, but to see her you just get into your car and go.
There always seems to be a song that reminds you of her. She must have one too. From the first notes your heart feels a jolt and you are taken back to a moment, a smell, and a kiss. You wish that you could grab on to that moment and stretch it out indefinitely, but it is fleeting, just like the song, the smell, and the kiss.
Life is full of left turns.
All seems well until you, or she, makes a turn. It could be a conscious decision or just one of those things. You never really know. Now the two of you are headed in different directions. It doesn’t have to be a big turn, like a move across the country, the reappearance of an ex-lover, or a Chris Brown type of meltdown. In fact, it probably wasn’t big at all. It’s the little things that do in relationships – in the end.
But the two of you are constantly in motion, with each making decisions along the way. All it may take is for one person to stop turning for a second while the other catches up with a left turn or two of their own.
You have a one-in-four chance to end up on the same path, so keep looking around the corner until you find each other again.
It’s probably worth the effort.