I ask you in advance, please do not judge me the next time you see me. Rolling eyes is acceptable, but no outright sniggers or finger pointing. Okay?

I’ve just watched for the 15th time one of my favourite movies of all time, wait for it! Nottinghill.  I’m normally an avid hater of repeat watching.  But this one, this one, I always notice something different.  Surprisingly my heart soars and breaks as though it’s the first time I’m discovering the story.

Perhaps it is the number of times the word ‘surreal’ shows up? Perhaps it’s Hugh’s english accent or Julia’s smile? Or my favourite line of “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her”? Oooh ooh, or the amazing music score?  The thing is, well no!  It’s purely the hidden romantic in me.

The concept of the surreal becoming the real. The reality that within an instant a romance can change. From high to low to high to more lows. Ending on a hugely predictable high (if only this mimicked life).

Have you ever met someone, that from the moment they enter your world, till the moment they leave, they make you question your being?

An outer body kind of experience that forces you to look at yourself through different eyes?

It feels like love should be, flying through a dark black sky. Happiness is not happiness without a violin playing goat 😉

La Mariee – Chagall

An uncomfortable space at times. A necessary space at times. Either forcing you forward with rigid determination hanging on to what you think to be true or ending up like the cha-cha (2 steps forward, 3 steps back). Your world turning upside down.

We know that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.

If you reflect on your own life, I’m sure you’ll be able to categorise your relationship/friendships into one of the above.   Do you know what thinking about others in this way does for me?  It helps me accept an entry or exit more gracefully. Even if I don’t always understand or get it immediately, that there is a higher power moving me forward.  It gives me peace.

The universe works in mysterious ways. I think miraculously this movie appears whenever I need reminding.

For the cynics out there, now you can roll your eyes.  However, it reminds me of the saying that ‘Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end’. That people recognise love and fight for it.

I’ll take it.  I choose to still believe in happily ever laughter/after.


Tanya Long  2018/08/25

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