Last night I watched “The Lucky One” with my baby sister who is currently confined to living in a nursing home (feel like I have to keep re-sharing her story for my new readers) and I decided to opt for a chick flick, surprise surprise! #dontjudgeme I’m not sure if this is what my sister was up for, but give me a movie about love and I’m a sponge! I think it helped captivate us both with the movie featuring Zac Efron, the older that kid gets the hotter he becomes. And all the ladies say “Amen!”
No I won’t tell you all the details about the movie, but I will tell you the gist of it. It’s about these people who connect all through a series of events, but little be known to them as to why life has worked out the way it has and why they’re drawn to one another. A story I’m sure we can all relate to in one way or another. The movie came in perfect timing, especially with where I am in my life.
With my return to LA, the questions in my life continue to build. Why was my baby sister hit by a drunk driver? Why has it been 2 years and she still hasn’t spoken? Why did my little 11 yr old cousin develope a rare blood disease and is now in a constant fight to save his life? While I have yet to have those questions answered and may never, the one common thread that I link to my questions and the movie is that love is powerful and it brings healing to everything it touches.
I feel like singles who desperately want love, but struggle to find it walk around with such an ache in their hearts. My heart hurts for couples who have been together for years, yet find themselves with that situation that they can’t seem to work past and every day their plagued with the concern as to if it will ever work out. Or the person who wants love, but they know that the timing isn’t right, but will it ever come when the time is right, will they ever meet that special someone and do they exist?
What soothes us when we have these big questions lingering inside of us? Where do we go with our aches or do we allow them to build and devour us? Are we just out of luck? Did we miss out when life was passing out “The Lucky One” cards? No my dear one, I’m here to reassure you that you have not missed out. While you may carry the weightiness of these questions on your shoulders and in your heart, I assure you that there is love around you and that is what makes you one of the lucky ones.
Yesterday I gave blood on behalf of my cousin and as I waited for my turn, I scanned the room and watched highschool students giving the gift of life. Their generosity touched me and brought me to tears. I witnessed love from random strangers and it broke my heart in the best way. As I watched this movie with my sister, half way through she began to doze off. I said to her “Sarah whenever I bring you a movie you never stay awake to watch it.” Right after I said that reality hit me. It’s not the movies that are important, but for her just to feel that someone is near her I am assured that’s what brings her comfort. It assures her that she is loved.
When you’re wrestling with the big questions, please take sight of the love thats around you and embrace it. Spend time with the love thats around you, acknowledge it, be thankful that while your questions may not currently be answered that you are loved in the midst of it. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, love is a powerful force and love is what makes you the lucky one.