Love, sure, is a funny thing.
I was 22 when I threw away my job in Mumbai and shifted to Gwalior to marry the man I loved without any second thoughts. I had no idea then, what the long term haul involved.
The in-between years, when my identity involved just being a wife and a mother were the hardest. My husband’s job involved constant travel as well as moving from place to place, every three years on an average. I, by default became the 24x7, on-call parent. It was hard to put up a smiling face when all I felt like doing at times, was giving it up and running away. I was tired of being the string that held everything together.
But the long years I put into making this relationship work, taught me so much.
I learnt that you can hold on long after you think you have no strength left. And that sometimes you have to let go and sometimes doing nothing is really the best. It taught me kindness, patience, humility. It taught me that even the best laid plans can go terribly wrong. It taught me to put others before myself, yet carve out a space for me. I learnt that sometimes a little neglect is healthy and too much care stifles. It taught me that not every question has answers and some things are always best left unsaid.
But most importantly it taught me that if there is love, everything else can be worked out.
Love sure is a funny thing, but it makes it all worth it.
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