I AM...

I am whatever YOU think I am until YOU get to KNOW me. This is true for everyone else too, of course.. so don't make assumptions about anyone or pass judgment; ask questions. You might just make a new friend.


Thursday, December 11, 2014


I attended a wedding celebration for some friends of a friend. The couple was together for less than a year before they prepared to take marriage vows.The celebration brought together the two men’s mix of friends from various walks of life. The couple decided to exchange vows and have the ceremony at a later date because both guys’ families were not able to attend the date they wanted. After the two guys privately exchanged their vows they invited their friends to celebrate in an informal sort of reception.

At the dinner I saw a mix of personalities from a variety of personalities. I made small talk with the guy who sat beside me and discovered he was in his mid-twenties and he was a virgin. While he acknowledged his attraction to men he hadn’t acted on it in a sexual manner.


I asked The Virgin about why he had refrained from having sex and he told me that he knew how he wanted his first time to be and he was committed to finding the guy that he would have that experience. Naturally, I asked him to describe the experience he sought.

The Virgin went into a descriptive monologue about having sex with a man he loved on some possibly exotic location on a mountain top or some such description and as I listened to him speak I smiled. When he finished I thought about the vision he gave and his continuous use of personal pronouns.

I asked him, “Is anybody else gonna be there besides you?”

He laughed and asked what I meant.

I told him how his entire fantasy only spoke about his own fantasy but had he considered what the man joining him in this fantasy might want. He looked at me quietly for a moment and I saw my question sink in. Before he could respond I jumped in and explained that I thought what he had described was both beautiful and attainable, but it didn’t leave much room for his potential partner’s desires. After all it does take two to tango and more often than not the guy he meets would have some ideas about the romance as well. I told him to hold onto his fantasy but to leave room for the magic.

Romance happens in the small ordinary moments of life. It will be the tiny details of the seemingly forgettable moments that will warm your heart years later. Moments like the way he looks when he first uses the L word; the way he touched your face that time he kissed you; the song that’s playing in the background the first time you really make love.

Love doesn’t begin or end the way we think it does. Love is a cliff that we stumble upon. We stand on the edge and love beckons us to jump. Regardless of what we’ve been through, what we’ve hoped for, or what we feel we deserve we will decide in that moment whether or not to make that leap into love. It will sound crazy and preposterous for a number of reasons, but it will be necessary. Those who’ve ever taken the leap can attest to the courage that it takes to give one’s self over to the possibilities of love.

Love doesn’t happen on the realm of logic. It breaks all the rules, challenges all the standards, and leaves us fundamentally changed. You might ask why in the world would anyone do something illogical, especially with no guarantees. The answer is simple. Love has no guarantees and it offers us none. The only guarantee we’ll ever get will come from our trust in ourselves. The trust that we can guarantee ourselves that, if we make the jump, we will either grow wings and fly or we’ll be strong enough to survive the fall. Either way we will have had an experience that will forever change us (hopefully for the better). Our decision to take a chance will make all the difference. Even if it’s not happily ever after we will be able to look back and never regret the experience. Whether that change is good or bad, negative or positive (I detest absolute terms) depends on our perception of the experience and how we use what we learn from it. I believe that if we stay open to the possibilities, the impossible can happen.


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