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I was once on a plane in which one of the engines failed and we were forced to make an emergency landing. They tried very hard not to use the word “emergency,” although they did tell us while we were still in the air that the engine had failed. The pilot attempted to sound reassuring, but as we began our unsteady descent, a flight attendant got on the loudspeaker and, in lieu of any...
As it tends to go when you're perpetually single, I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why I'm stuck in this position, to understand some root cause for my lack of intimacy that can be easily justified, explained away, fixed. I've never had a boyfriend, never been in anything approaching a long-term relationship, never been in love. Some days, this terrifies me; others, it doesn't. I'm still young; you'll find someone eventually, they...
“I’ll be more surprised if we succeed than if we fail,” I scrawled in a beat-up notebook last year. It was one of my many reactions to the new, deeply passionate relationship that had eclipsed every other element of my life. I’m a pragmatist, so this pessimism was not necessarily out of character but nonetheless sad in context: Love had inspired in me an impulsive, efficient lunacy that was accompanied by what I assumed...

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I joined Tinder for the second time because my roommate and her girlfriend split up. There are a lot of reasons why people join Tinder: they're lonely, they want sex, they want to date outside their social circle, or, hey, maybe they're lonely. Not me, though. I joined (for the second time) because I saw my roommate scrolling through Tinder while we watched television together, and I thought, "wait, me too." When you're not...