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I am a romantic.

Before we begin to dive in to the topic of love and relationships, let me establish that fact. As the British rock band The Darkness might say, I believe in a thing called love. I believe in the concept, and I believe in the power. People can do some amazing (and/or extreme) things for those that they love.

I have a lot of thoughts about the subject. I watch a lot of movies, listen to a lot of songs, and read a lot of stories that deal with relationships and relationship issues.

Heck, I even wrote a few stories of my own about the topic.

So naturally, love, with all its implications and complications, is a subject that can be quite frequently found at the top of my mind. To quote Domhnall Gleeson from one of my favorite romcom films, About Time, "For me, it was always going to be all about love."

In my high school days, my views on love were much more . . . romanticized. A quick search on the dictionary will list the word idealist with the noun romantic, and the former is defined as "a person who is guided more by ideals than practical considerations".

Which basically explains my teenage years in a nutshell.

As I grew up and grew out of that starry eyed phase, I became exposed and introduced to experiences that would morph my views on the topic of love. Although the thoughts constantly swirl in my head, they are also constantly changing like Tutti Frutti flavors. Some days I'll be the dreamer that I was growing up, and other days I'll treat the subject with the same cynicism that I reserve for things like politics.

To jot my many, wide spanning thoughts down, I have decided to create this "story" and write down everything that I feel about the game called love. I think the marketers for the board game Othello/Reversi accidentally best described love with this particular tagline: "A minute to learn . . . a lifetime to master!"

So without further ado, let's jump right into my swimming pool of thoughts of love. Feel free to agree or disagree with any particular point at any particular time. I would love to hear your feedback. Maybe it'll help me shape my own thoughts more clearly.

© 2019, Brandon Wong

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