No. 73

Love

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Love isn’t well suited to clear categories.

It is messy and ill defined.

Its edges move and swell as it grows. And when you are open to it, it makes itself confusingly abundant in your life.

I once tried to apply logic to my heart, sorting the thoughts and feelings into a well-formed argument, something that would be irrefutable and obvious. But love doesn’t take logic well, and all I found was that as I tried to dissect it further, understanding it escaped me even more.

I have fallen in love with friends and lovers, with philosophers and archers and musicians, with people who recognize the power and magic in this world.

And I have fallen in love with the world itself. Its cities and mountains and ruins and rivers. Its woods and deserts and oceans vast enough to understand what lies beneath my surface.

Over and over again. So fiercely have I loved its beauty that not drinking every moment hurts.

All I know is my love it is deep and true and unshakeable. And that I need nothing in return.

True love never lives in silence but pour forth into the world.

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

4 thoughts on “Love

  1. This is beautiful. The image you chose to accompany this reminded me that love takes us to places (physical, mental, spiritual) we don’t think we’ll ever go, and that love often asks us to pack our bags and head into the unknown.

    1. That it does, Carrie.

      (And the image is actually a homemade Valentine I sent to a friend a few years ago.)

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.