Ahh falling in love. You know what I’m talking about - that overwhelming butterflies-in-the-stomach joy when we meet someone that challenges us, inspires us, and appreciates us. We walk around smiling like an idiot when we think about the last time we saw them or the next time we get to. All because our ‘soul mate’ finally crossed our path! ( never mind that it’s probably the 4th time we’ve thought that).
I have felt this feeling many times recently. No, not because I’ve lowered my standards to anything male.
In fact, I've felt it but haven't met anyone. Instead I’m overcome by those butterflies when I think about the absolutely stunning diamond skies I saw a couple of nights ago on a water taxi in Bocas del Toro. I become overwhelmed with joy when I picture my very first sailing trip. And I realised that we limit ourselves if we think being in love can only be felt from a person entering our lives. Truth is you only need yourself, an open mind, and open eyes. New places challenge us like a partner that knows our flaws. Dramatic purple hues of island sunsets can inspire us to want to become a better version of ourselves. The fellow travellers with whom we swap stories and laughter over exotic foods appreciate us in a way the people at home likely don’t. So I am now fully convinced that the feeling of ‘being in love’ is a much greater concept than I used to think. And I’m head over heels in love with that fact.