It’s often been said if your not happy, change it, but when it comes to love, is it really that simple? The dating game is monotonous, endless nights out, spent in pointless conversation on, whether or not this is someone worthy of a second meeting. With our current state, of economic instability, is dating the old fashioned way still possible? With nearly a quarter, of all Americans, living on food stamps for sheer survival, one has to stop and question on just how much effort is required before moving forward.
Perhaps love at first sight is nothing more than a childhood fantasy, a desire for love to be as romantic, as it is simple; yet can something so superficial truly be sustaining? That depends on you and of course your partner. With so much judgment placed, upon each other and ourselves, we rarely get the opportunity to see one another beyond the surface of our intentional presentation. Money it seems to be the decisive factor when, we decide who and how to love.
The beautiful thing about money is; however, not in how much you can acquire, but rather in what is appreciated when the money runs dry. Does the thrill of the material possession, and expensive delicacies, really bring more than sedentary moments of comfort? After all, what we seek is something a bit more enduring. With time always dictating our every action, as we march towards any which direction, we must decide how to use it wisely. For many of us, time and the depletion of monetary resources often contributes towards decisive action.
It’s not uncommon to see dozens of lone wanders walking only with that which they can carry, upon our city streets. What they seek is often quite simple. Love, the thing we all yearn for, dream for, hope for? What if, for some love is only possible in the final moments of their twelfth hour. When monetary means have run dry, and home no longer has a name, these lost desperados walk until they are hopeful in finding someone, somewhere, to call home.
A closer look, at many of the homeless with whom society deems as lazy and or unworthy, and perhaps a closer look taken may revel far more than you can imagine. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has a need to be loved, but rather focusing on the traditional way to meet someone special may often overlook someone: loyal, worthy, and deserving. The love of your life may in fact be lying only a few steps behind, on the concrete you just passed by. After all looks can be deceiving, and those that appear to be disheveled and dirty, may appear to be so much more if, someone simply, stopped, cared enough to say “hello.”