After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. You learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning,
and company doesn’t always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts, that presents aren’t promises; and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up, and your eyes ahead - with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child. You learn to build all your roads on today, because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So you plant your own garden, and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
You learn that you really can endure.
That you really are strong.
That you really do have worth.
And you learn,
and you learn,
with every goodbye, you learn. - Veronica Shoffstall
This whole day was amazing! I wanted to do my take on "Cupid, Reimagined" in this shot. I wanted to show Cupid as someone who, instead of shooting lovers down, collects flowers and teaches people to be the right person to themselves first - not a prerequisite for "love" per se, but certainly for a deep and long-standing love.