Love

I just wanted to share some Bob Marley quotes I came across.  Although I don’t share his religious beliefs expressed in some quotes, and I don’t smoke weed but I can see partly that ‘herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction’ yet I know a big fan of his who did smoke and treated me really badly, and it is strongly linked to schizophrenia.  I do believe the part about alcohol though, and the drugs classifications are a load of rubbish, reflecting the perceived threat rather than the real threat.

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
 
I think this is such an eloquent description of love.  Sometimes I feel like I have loved once and it’s so persistent that I will never be able to feel it for someone else, but sadly that love was not reciprocated so it is not the same as this description… and so it gives me hope that one day I will find a love exactly like that.
 
“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect
-and I don’t live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure you hands are clean!”
 
I try not to be judgemental.  I don’t think it is always easy, especially at times when I have felt jealous and acted out of character and just basically out of order (usually alcohol fueled).  The important thing is to be aware of negative thoughts and try to have love and compassion for everyone.
 
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
 
This is something I really connect with at the moment.
 
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”
 
Something I wish a few of the men in my life would have read.
“None but ourselves can free our minds.”
 
Something to remember when feeling trapped by emotions and events we can’t control.
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”
 
I think that’s a beautiful sentiment and one I shall leave on.  I could stay up longer and listen to more Bob Marley but I have to wake up tomorrow and would rather not be as tired as I have been today as I haven’t been on good form at all.
  
xxx
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About carminamasoliver

I'm an ex-UEA writer from South London. Founder of She Grrrowls. Feminist Arts Writer for The Norwich Radical. BAR poet. Published by Nasty Little Press.Currently living and working in Spain.
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