The Blindfold; to deprive someone of sight by tying a piece of cloth around the head so as to cover the eyes.
As we move through relationships, working on building stronger ones and letting go of others, do we see them for what they are, or do we walk around with a metaphorical blindfold on to hide the ugly parts from ourselves? If and when we finally take it off, is it for the better, or does it only offer more suffering?
In the past few weeks I have anguished for dear friends who are suffering from the worst kind of betrayal in a relationship; one that I’m unable to disclose, but nevertheless has taken a heavy tole on my mind and heart. What I always thought was true and forever is no longer. It shattered what little hope I had of having something true and lasting one day myself.
In the same few weeks, I have had my own experience with a new relationship, enjoying many moments but also trying to gage feelings and interest in both parties. While I appreciate his viewpoints and blunt candor on life and relationships, I already know somewhere in the back of my mind that this will most likely not last. Does it have to be forever to be real? Can we enjoy a temporary relationship without thinking about the future, or am I blindfolding myself from what I really want but may never have?
On the other hand, perhaps the blindfold is off for the first time, and I’m seeing and enjoying the relationship for exactly what it is, without any hope or expectation.
Whether it be the uncertainty of a new relationship, or the inevitable conclusion of a one that was thought to last a lifetime, with eyes wide open we can only move forward and see what the future holds.
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