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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Love: The One, the Many, and the Muddled


Happy (Belated) Valentine's Day, my dear readers! Today, we're talking about love. And not just any kind of love - we're talking about that elusive, magical, all-consuming, soul-enriching, heart-pounding, brain-fogging thing that we call "true love". Or, as some people like to call it, "The One".

Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of whether "The One" really exists, let me ask you this: have you ever seen that episode of The Twilight Zone where the guy finally gets to live out his dream of being a librarian, only to break his glasses and become permanently blind? I know, I know, it seems unrelated - but bear with me. Because that's what love is like. It's like finally finding the perfect book, only to have the universe rip out the last page and leave you with a cliffhanger that you'll never resolve.

But hey, who needs "The One" anyway, am I right? I mean, if you believe that there's only one person out there who can complete you, then you must also believe that there's only one flavor of ice cream that you'll ever truly enjoy. And that's just ridiculous. We all know that there are at least 31 flavors of Baskin-Robbins, and at least 32 different ways to spell "Baskin-Robbins".

So, let's say you're one of those people who believe that there are many potential "ones" out there. Congrats! You're a polyamorist! Just kidding. But seriously, if you think that you can love multiple people at once, then you must also believe that you can listen to multiple songs at once and really appreciate them all. And that's just chaos. Have you ever tried listening to a Mozart sonata and a Justin Bieber song at the same time? It's like trying to read War and Peace while riding a rollercoaster and I lost my copy that way.

But here's the thing: love is messy. It's not always clear-cut, and it's certainly not always easy. Sometimes, you might think you've found "The One", only to realize that they're actually "The Half" or "The Third". Or, even worse, "The Muddled". You know, that person who's sort of right for you, but not quite. The one who's like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crusts still on - close, but not quite perfect.

But here's the good news: love is also beautiful. It can surprise you, delight you, and make your heart feel like it's about to burst with joy. And even if you don't believe in "The One", or "The Many", or even "The Muddled", you can still believe in love. You can believe in the power of human connection, the warmth of a hug, the tenderness of a kiss, and the comfort of knowing that someone is there for you, through thick and thin.

So, whether you're a hopeless romantic, a skeptic, or just someone who's still trying to figure it all out, remember this: love is worth it. It might not always be easy, and it might not always be what you expect, but it's worth it. Because in the end, love is what makes life worth living. That, and a really good bowl of ice cream.

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