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Discovery 20: The Only Mysterious…

“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”
Susan Sontag

I admit. This is a fake discovery post. It’s about something that is still a mystery to me (and to all of us?) despite the efforts put occasionally in discovering it. It’s something enchanting, elusive, and breathtaking at the same time. Sometimes it’s more than you can take or less than you wish for. The only mysterious human relation as Susan Sontag beautifully put it (Susan Sontag on Love). LOVE.

An older couple caught my attention while we were sharing a doctor’s waiting room recently. They must have been in their eighties. Physically fragile, but vigorous in their laughter and tone of voice, they seemed happy. The genuine affection and tenderness they had for each other was captivating. I simply couldn’t help staring at them. Right before they left, the woman touched her husband’s hand gently and said: ‘I am hungry, let’s go and have some breakfast.’ A trivial sentence and gesture, but so full of intimacy and trust that for a second nothing else seemed worth discovering. Is this love? I don’t know. Perhaps a tiny, but significant expression of it…, of a mystery.

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About irinapashina

Marketing professional, blogger, group fitness instructor, reader, theater-goer

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2 thoughts on “Discovery 20: The Only Mysterious…

  1. Hehe, yes, to all of us. Love as a feeling, love as action, something you feel. something you do, something you strive for to get, then to keep.. Now I realize I am still to finish the wonderful book from Richard David Precht – “Liebe, ein unordentliches Gefühl” – which I warmly recommend to you too.
    And lovely story about the old couple. When I see couples like this I ask myself (too shy to ask them..) is it a lifetime relationship? or did they majbe just met last week and are freshly in love :))
    Love to you too, Irinka!

    Posted by Olivia Falkenstein | August 13, 2013, 12:20 pm
    • Hi Olivia,

      thanks for your comment and for the book recommendation!
      Interestingly enough, I somehow assume that it’s a lifetime (or at least a decadelong) relationshiop when I see older couples who are still share deep affection. That’s how assumptions play tricks on us… Glad you are there to bring in a new perpective 🙂 on everything, including love 🙂

      Posted by irinapashina | August 13, 2013, 10:12 pm

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