To love is to risk, and to risk is to love.
To put myself out there, to risk, to share my soul with another person can feel excruciating. The thought of someone seeing my heart and not wanting it or rejecting it seems almost unbearable at times.
What it can feel like is as though I am jumping off a giant cliff, and am plummeting to a concrete finish, alone, rejected, dead.
Love is terrifying, yet love is one of the greatest adventures of our lives, and it is such an intentional choice.
To choose love it to choose truth, courage, vulnerability. To choose love is a risk, because you are risking pain, hurt, and loss.
When I am caught in fear it’s as though I am blind. I lose the ability to see that love is actually all around me. That even if I risk love and lose it; it will not destroy me.
Love never leads to death. Love always leads to life.
And to truly live one must love. Without love I merely exist paralyzed by my own fear. Yet, when I take that giant leap into the unknown what I find is that I met in the free fall.
In fact I am not falling to my death at all, and I am absolutely not alone. It is at the point of choosing the risk to love that I am truly alive. Instead of falling to my death I soar, fly, am empowered, and the love that I was so scared to give is met by love.
LOVE: the very thing that I long for the most is at my fingertips, I just need to take that first step.
To me this commercial embodies all of this tension: love, risk, vulnerability, fear, life, passion. This man feels the risk of putting his heart out there to this woman, and it feels like he is risking everything. Yet once he takes that initial step he love is met with love.
You see when we’re free, we set other people free.
When we love others, we set them free to love; it’s contagious.
So risk, love, live. We were created to thrive abundantly, not to merely survive.
The choice is ours. Life is a beautiful sport.