With the holidays approaching and another significant year ending, it’s hard to believe we will be starting afresh in just a few short days. From tragedies here at home and overseas, to a humanitarian crisis, to threats, disease, the rise of hate speech against minorities and of course, the insane politics of circus performers—the world has seen hard times in 2015.
This past year taught me so much about who I am to my friends, my family, and the world around me. While I haven’t discovered my life’s personal purpose and have plenty of path to tread, I have realized and recognized the profound effects of what it means to love without bounds.
In all fairness and honesty, I had my heart broken this year by someone I will always love despite their own shortcomings and cowardice. And as cliché as it sounds, being with this person for the past six years actually proved more about my strength than his.
You see, with the way the world has been lately and living in a media saturated culture where everything is about moderation, it’s important to realize there is no limit to loving someone. There is no such thing as moderation or a limit with love because prudence and caution have no role within such realms.
Because I have loved hard and deep, I was called, “reckless.” At first, I was incredibly embarrassed and sad upon being called this and questioned myself, wondering if he was right. As a natural human habit, we don’t realize how something feels unless we take ourselves out of the equation. But after giving myself time to think and heal, I discovered what I needed to—I discovered, I was in the right.
I discovered living through your gut was better than living in denial of it.
It was the Dalai Lama who said, “Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.” If we look at it contextually, love and cooking are associated with an unparalleled bliss and purity—an exploration into the two that unleashes parts you never imagined seeing or knowing. Whether you’re loving someone or are cooking, it means you are throwing everything you can into such an act without considering consequences.
Never have the Dalai Lama’s words carried such meaning into my life until now. To love fully and honestly with every fiber of your being, with every inch of your soul—make it your transforming mantra for the new year. Nothing wrong or deceitful ever comes from loving honestly with your whole heart.
This year has proven life is too short to consider consequences because somethings in life just feel right, especially when you throw away the norm and take a risk. Loving recklessly doesn’t mean you’re being negligent or irresponsible. It means you’re baring your soul, abandoning judgment and offering copious quantities of love to those that deserve it most. When we love this way selflessly, we’re also leaving room for understanding that to give love freely means to not hope or expect reciprocation.
The world has made a descent into a cesspool of ugly, hate speech spewed at every corner of the web and unfortunately, sometimes by those we once considered friends. But it is essential to never lose hope or faith that there is good out there—that love exists because it’s true. And it prevails over every evil or oddity that places itself on your life’s path. Love is pure and a greater expression of who we can be with one another.
In life, there are those who hold back with love because of an overpowering fear that if we love fully and give ourselves to someone, we might not be loved the same way—or even that we would never live up to such towering affection. And the reality is, we may not ever.
We might share our entire heart, soul, kisses, words and home with someone to be only met with an uncertainty. But that shouldn’t stop us from loving. If we look towards the Bible for philosophical inspiration, it was Jesus who called us to love our enemies. Now think about how much greater we would need to show our affection and take action with those whom we really love in our life.
If you want to live a full life, you have to open up your heart. Sure, it’s intimidating and scary, considering there could be a fair amount of awkwardness felt between the unsure words, but we can’t be careful when it comes to our hearts. Love and passion need an attitude of abandonment. When you find love or a dream you want to pursue, jump in with both feet. Don’t be that person with one foot on land, and the other in water, wondering where you want to be. You might meet with failure along the way, but that doesn’t deem you as one. If you’re able to push past your ego and understand your true self, you’ll know that however long it lasted, at least you were as close to heaven while still breathing.
Our writers at The Hudsucker have had the chance to showcase their heart this year, with work they truly believe in. From interviews with amazing personalities to exclusive series covering the world of pop culture and television. Our team has followed their passions since the very beginning with grace and truth, proving we are a force to reckon with. I am extremely proud of each one of them and how far they have come. Not only has their writing made each of them challenge their creative process, but it has allowed them to change the way they look at life and approach subjects.
In 2016, we truly intend to continue bringing interesting and unique articles for you—our valued reader. From the arts and entertainment, to travel and lifestyle, relationships and technology, to plenty more interviews and news, we aim to bring you a healthy dose of reality evoking healthy public discourse and feature those making a difference with their work.
When you head into the new year, follow your heart and passions this season with grace and truth. Nothing is more true, noble, right, and pure than loving without limitation. If you believe in your will to love, these tenets can lead you where you need to be. As for us—through heart and an abandon rooted in love, you can bet the New Year will be full of surprises and exciting reads. Our fingerprint might be what sets us apart on the world wide web, but it’s our love for writing that really defines who we are as a team.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, readers!
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Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Hudsucker
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