Love Is Hard

Despite a thousand rom coms

The typical story is that it may take some time to meet the right person, and it may take a little perseverance to clear an obstacle or two. But in two hours or less, it will be done and happiness will ensue.

I get it. I love film where Good reliably kicks Evil’s ass, especially when it’s with their feet. It’s satisfying to see the world the way I want it to be. But I am quite clear that I can’t beat anyone up with my feet. I’m happy to do the yoga required to clip my toenails.

But the message we get from a lifetime of preposterous fantasies about love is a lot harder to parse. So, this Valentine’s Day, I give a nod to the Sisyphuses with a portrait of coupling that might be closer to the reality.

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