I knew when I decided to love you
fully, with all of my cells
that I was risking everything.
I knew you were human
and that you might die
younger than either of us wanted.
I still chose to love all of you
with all of me.
Because you deserved that
and because I did too.
And though you did die –
younger than either of us wanted –
to stand in the pain of your death
and continue to love you fully,
with unwavering dedication,
has transformed me.
For I know now,
that to have given every breath of myself
to love the all of you
is the most beautifully brave thing
I have ever done in my lifetime.
It is the single greatest achievement
of my life.
I have learned
that this is what true love is –
to choose the possibility of pain
for the privilege to be love.
It is to risk everything
– everything –
It is to meet our greatest fears
and decide that it’s still worth it,
so that we may come to realize
that we are capable of giving
the kind of love
that changes lives
and moves mountains.
In this way,
true, deep, complete love is not easy.
It is simple, but not an easy choice.
Which is why
whenever I see such love in the world
It leaves me in awe.
Never a more beautiful thing
have I seen
than the immense bravery
of any single human being
that chooses to LOVE.