In an age
Where we’re all connected by screens and devices
Yet vulnerability and real connection seem like foreign languages
Feigning indifference, going along with what’s culturally acceptable
But aching on the inside for something real
Real relationships, and real people
How does one live differently
When they often feel like the only one
Who wants to try?
Believing that it’s not about trends or what’s “normal”
But staying true to themselves and what they need
Who are you?
Where do you come from?
What makes you tick?
When do you feel most alive?
What makes you feel cared about?
Even when responses aren’t immediate
Are a good beginning
The person before you
A perfectly flawed individual
All messy and human
It’s brutal and beautiful
Their experiences can be colorful
Difficult to understand
But they’re no less valid
They’re part of who they are
And part of the reason you’ve you met
We want to know people and be known by them
Past the surface-type bullshit
And down to the deepest levels
We want to love without hiding or pretending
Nakedness without awkward pauses or discomfort
It just is
No holds barred
Be brave enough to ask
Open your eyes and see
Know that someone wants what you want
That despite obstacles, it is possible
But you have to choose
It is not without challenges
That require patience and compassion
But it’s worth it