The evidence of things not seen.”
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I enjoyed an article in Vogue magazine today oddly enough! Far from the fluff which usually encapsulates the pages (though I do have a weakness for the fashion eye candy), this article dealt with a Russian woman’s story of taking major leaps of faith in her life and emerging stronger in the end.
Her first leap was marrying her husband. They met in St. Petersburg and after just a few months of dating, some of that long distance, they got engaged! He had barely two pennies to rub together and it was all he could do to purchase a simple band for her. For her wedding dress, she only had the equivalent of $20 U.S. and she describes the depressing dress hunt, one which left her feeling certain there was no hope of finding anything, save a white blouse and skirt. Miraculously, she was able to find her dream dress for $16 at a small, out of the way shop, and she was thankful. Truly thankful.
Anyways, she knew her quick engagement would come as a shock to many but this is how she describes her notion of love and I thought this a brilliant depiction, one I whole heartedly agree with. She says that to her, love is like art. You see a particular painting and you know right away that you appreciate it and desire to know it more fully and understand the beauty it holds. It does not take years to know whether you love it or not.
Her second leap was immigrating to the United States with her husband. As anyone knows who has moved from lands near or far, there is an unknown. But yet, all those who dare to dream of a better existence here have one thing in common: they take the leap of faith.
Life is filled with unknowns, especially when one takes reasonable risks. As this woman signifies though, when our desires are in the right places, we can be ready for the ups and downs. They will not sink us.