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Friday, March 10, 2006

Safe Love

My friend Andre, a teen director at another YMCA, recently mentioned an event he helped plan for area teens, entitled Safe Love. It was obviously geared toward safe sex, but it got me thinking. Is there such a thing as safe love? Being in love requires the deconstruction of one’s walls, basically taking a chance by letting someone “behind the curtain.” This is very dangerous.

Economists often discuss risk/reward correlations. Explorers cannot discover new land w/out first losing sight of the shore. Love echoes these philosophies, as no relationship achieves greatness until both people fully trust each other. And with that trust comes excitement, intimacy, comfort and all the other wonderful things love brings. Of course, this also leaves people extremely vulnerable.

In Vegas, you can’t win big unless you bet big, and you can’t lose big unless you gamble a hefty sum. The same holds true for love. You can either place small wagers and enjoy the minor gains/losses, or you can go all in and ride the excitement. Just remember, love can enrich your life beyond monetary value. It can also fuck you up and leave you walking the streets wondering what happened to all your chips.

Safe love? It’s just another oxymoron in our everyday lives.


At 11:21 PM, Blogger Miss Liss said...

I love that you began this post by posing a question. That was very Carrie Bradshaw-esque of you. Keep up the good work, Ace.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Balto17 said...

When you tear down those walls for someone you love, it is a huge gamble. But when it pays off, there's nothing better. I understand your point, J-Mazz. But sometimes I feel like I have to roll the dice and hope I don't crap out. The question is, are you going to be a swinging single all your life, living in the mold of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau? Or, do you intend to tear down those walls and love some East Berliner beauty? Well, maybe not the East Berliner part.


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