Stubborn Love

Our eyes are the windows to our soul. From there, we see truth. From there, we see heartbreak, pain, freedom and comfort.

By: Jason Suerte Felipe

While having my warm cup of coffee this morning, “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers played on my laptop screen. In the music video, a girl and her mother get in a car and leave their home for a better life. The camera focuses on the little girl as she stares out the window, showing little glimpses of reality. When they left her father, a couple in love, a couple arguing, an accident, a dead deer- all being glimpses of the pain and freedom she has and will experience.

Everyone has different views from out their window. Some see more pain than others. And some of us don’t look out the window because we’re too scared to see what’s really there.

It got me wondering what I would see. 

I would see confusion and pain in a little boy, scared to be who he is. Hiding the truth behind his eyes and smile, hoping no one would know his secret. I would see a young man looking himself in the mirror, shaking in fear as death creeps over his shoulder. I would see a couple arguing, feet pacing the floor, with words being spat onto each other, not recognizing who they are anymore. And a young man, with his heart broken into a million pieces standing outside a balcony looking down at the pavement wondering, “is this all really worth it.”

But with such pain comes strength. I see a young man full of courage, brave enough to be who he really is. A man finding creativity and passion again. A man working on his mental health and realizing he deserves better. I man in love.

We never really know what a person is going through or has experienced. Sure, we can see outside another’s window but we can never really understand the pain and emotion that comes with their memories. We can see some scars, but not all. Some just being above the surface for all to see, and some deep within.

Through these glimpses of life, we can see our growth and strength. And hopefully, if we’re to be so lucky, seeing less pain.

What do you see out your window? Share with us in the comments!

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