Joanna: Geography, and timing.
I always thought the hard part was anxiously waiting for someone fantastic to come into your life. I thought there couldn’t be anything more difficult that holding onto the belief- through the loneliness and hopelessness- that one day someone would make the wait worth it. Someone who would make you forget that you once spent nights questioning if someone was actually out there for you. Someone who would make everything else seem easier because they were by your side. That’s how I saw it. Perhaps that’s what carried me through on those lonely, hopeless nights- the little hope that remained.
I always thought that if two people really cared (loved) one another then there isn’t one single obstacle that could keep them apart. I thought despite appearing tangibly difficult, no challenge stood a chance against two people who wanted nothing more than to be together. All that mattered was he was hers and she was his. Neither time nor distance could change that. Sure being apart isn’t ideal and can be rather straining on any relationship, but together they would get through it. Together they’d get through anything. Maybe that belief is what has carried me through all these years.
Plain and simple, I thought wrong. I now know, firsthand, that meeting a special someone does not guarantee smooth sailing. And, while I wish it wasn’t true, there are certain obstacles that can keep two people together. Distance may or may not be one of them; quite frankly it depends on the two attempting to overcome the challenge of distance. However, things can get extremely complicated when distance mixes with bad timing.
While watching Last Night this weekend, I found myself taken with the relationship between Joanna and Alex. (Alex is pretty irresistible, if you ask me.) They have a magnetic chemistry that makes you think that no obstacle could stand in their way. Nothing except for “geography, and timing“. Alex lives in Paris, while Joanna resides in New York…with her husband. Yep, it’s the traditional story of boy-loves-girl and girl-loves-boy, BUT girl-is-married-to-someone-else. Or as some may call it, The Case of the Unavailable Girl. Refer to it as you will, but no matter what it’s the situation (obstacle) that will keep two people apart.
I’d love to tell you I know nothing about this, and I shouldn’t be able to say that I do.
I’d love to tell you I still believe that two people who care about each can figure out a way to be together.
I’d love to tell myself not to lose hope because one day someone will come along and no obstacle will stand a chance against the two of you.