A few weeks ago, I started a meme called The Naked Truth.
.What is The Naked Truth? It’s that moment we’ve all had when you hear or read or think or feel something and you KNOW it to be true. Not just right. Not simply “accurate.” But your irrefutable, undeniable TRUTH.
Last time, I shared with you one of my truths about parenting. And I asked you to share whatever you knew to be true about any topic; it was totally open ended. Abby Gabs posted a great vlog of her naked truth about weight loss. Always Half Full wrote her truth about the wonder and challenge of parenting.
This time, I’m narrowing down the focus a bit more. This time, I’m picking a topic and asking you to share what you know deep in your heart is true for you.
This time, I’m talking about looooooooove, baby.
I’ve shared my love for Sara Bareilles’ music in a previous Stuff I Dig post. I love her authentic voice and grit. I was recently listening to one of her songs, “Breathe Again,” when I was reminded of an old Naked Truth….one I learned the hard way.
In case you want to give a listen, here is “Breathe Again”:
The chorus is deliciously melodramatic:
All I have, all I need, he’s the air I would kill to breathe
Holds my love in his hands, still I’m searching for something
Out of breath, I am left hoping someday I’ll breathe again
I’ll breathe again
Even I (who loves melodrama set to music) roll my eyes at these lyrics. Or, more precisely, I roll my eyes at the teen and 20-something I once was. The girl who chased, dated, and was heartbroken by the guys who took my breath away.
It took me a long time and a lot of painful mistakes to learn that:
Love doesn’t take your breath away.
Real love breathes into you the air you never knew you were missing.
When I met B, I knew immediately that I’d had it all wrong before. I am so grateful for the mistakes I made leading up to that moment. Those mistakes were the backdrop that stood in stark relief to the way I felt around him. Calm. Assured. Worthy.
Thank God I didn’t settle for breathless.
Now it’s YOUR turn…
What do you know for sure about love?
Ready to join in? Here’s what you do:
For the bloggers (if you aren’t a blogger there are separate instructions below):
1. Grab the badge (code is in the column to the right) and include it in your post.
2. Write your naked truth about love. Explain it in length or keep it simple – totally up to you.
3. Link up below (Make sure you link to your actual post, not your homepage.)
4. Visit the 2 previous bloggers in the linky.
Optional: Consider retweets, facebook shares, and stumble upons acts of enormous kindness and good karma.
The linky will run through Friday, August 19th (That’s two full weeks from today!!).
I can’t wait to read your naked truths!
For the non-bloggers :
1. Read as many of the linked blogs as you are able and remember to leave a comment. Your comments are like food to us bloggers!
2. Feel free to leave your own naked truth about love in the comments section of this post.
3. Consider retweets, facebook shares, and stumble upons acts of enormous kindness and good karma.
Now get writing, folks!