It takes courage to get up in the morning and convince yourself that today will be the day when something so wonderfully extraordinary happens that life will never be the same.
It takes guts to be so cheerful before you’ve barely opened your eyes.
Leo was one of those guys.
He was that person who sang as he shaved before going to work. Who made breakfast for the family on weekends. Who hardly complained about anything, because ‘what good would that do?’ He was the one who could literally turn your frown upside down because when you saw him, you wished there were more of him in the world.
Linda was a girl with mood swings. Like any female, she was easily affected by hormonal changes, to the extent that days of laughter would be preceded by spurs of inexplicable irritation or followed by moments of melancholic sobbing. There was no real explanation for any of it. She was, however, a person who would wear her heart on her sleeve; she would do anything she could and more to take care of the people she loved. She would organise surprises and be happier for the emotion felt rather than the gift itself. She was a person who would go all out, and despite what she said, she secretly hoped someone would do something similar for her too.
When they met, the flare lit up inside both instantly.
Leo asked her if she believed in fate. “What if everything we lived was precisely to lead us to this very moment, so that we could meet right here, right now?”
“What if we’re one connection away from changing our entire lives?” was her response.
She smiled and his entire world lit up. His heart fluttered and she blushed, her eyes glistening with happiness.
It wasn’t always easy. But they tried. Together. It required finding the middle line. Making compromises and retreating when fighting would not lead anywhere.
“I need you to be happy, because we can’t be sad together,” he told her when she felt blue.
“If you laugh, I’ll smile,” she would reply.
And step-by-step they would make each other better.
In life we don’t need extravagance; just one person to turn on the light. Everything else will follow.
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