Looking for someone to love?

We trivialize love if we think it involves only particular people or takes just certain forms.

All you need, if you believe certain popular song lyrics and romantic novels, is to find that special someone, that once-in-a-lifetime love, and you'll live happily ever after. Well, I hadn't found "him," but I was a happy career woman.

One day, as I was returning from a vacation, it struck me that probably no one would really care if I didn't come back at all. I had friends, but because we led essentially separate lives, none of them was likely to miss me for very long. Someone else could easily take up my professional responsibilities. My personal possessions could belong to anybody. Suddenly I felt very much alone in the world, and I kept thinking, What I need is someone to love.

Rising and reforming
October 23, 1989

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