I am in love with NPR. Listening to NPR seems so pretentious, somehow, but I’m also convinced that I’m becoming more learned by listening. When I’m listening, I imagine myself sitting in a brightly lit sun room, drinking small sips of very strong and very hot espresso. There are cats around, particularly evidenced by the cat hair covering my large, fluffy sweater. I’m leisurely completing a very challenging crossword puzzle, absentmindedly pushing reading glasses up on my nose, while occasionally glancing out of my window to admire the ocean view of my beach front home.
Life is nothing like this when I listen to NPR, I don’t have a sun room, I don’t like coffee, let alone espresso, and I haven’t had a cat since I was a kid. I haven’t done anything LEISURELY in three years, THANKS KIDS! I refuse to wear glasses and my home is most certainly not beach front with an ocean view.
Instead of this fantasy listening scenario, most of my NPR listening is through podcasts that I listen to on my phone while making dinner in my empty field view home and drowning out the screaming of my children during the witching hour.
So anyway, one of my favorite shows is This American Life. A few weeks ago, the subject of the broadcast was whether or not there was just one person out there for you, just one perfect soul mate.
I think that at one time, maybe when I was younger and less experienced (less cynical maybe?), I WANTED to believe that there was just ONE perfect soul mate. How could there be more than one?! Of course there’s only one! If there’s more than one, doesn’t that invite the possibility for infidelity?!
The allure of romance clouded reality, I think, though. I think it’s possible and probable that there is more than one person on this planet that we could be compatible with, HAPPY with, in love with. This doesn’t mean that I don’t completely love my husband and believe we are meant to be together! I couldn’t imagine life without him, don’t even WANT to think about life without him.
I just think that the possibly exists that that I could be compatible with someone else.
What do you think, is there more than one person out there for each of us? Or does THE ONE exist?
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