There is no compromise in love, there is only sacrifice. While others may say that mutual sacrifice is equivalent to a compromise, that’s not without realising that for two lives to come together, some things that make us the individuals we are, have to go. To throw away the things that make up some part of ourselves for something more, that itself is a sacrifice.
Yet that is the inherent nature of it all. Sacrifice is a part of a relationship we cannot do without. Far too few people understand that for relationships are not about satisfying the need of a single person anymore. We often echo in our failed love “what have they done for me?”, a testament to a selfishness that shatters a relationship.
Far too few people still, are willing to put their wants aside to do what needs to be done for a future to be built for two. Too often do we take the easy way out to avoid the coming hardship, believing that it’s always for the better, never realising it’s just convenient for ourselves, never for the other, never for one another. It’s a mistake we always make in the hopes that something good will come out of it, but it never does, our desires for the moment blinding us to the heartbreak to come.
So we make that sacrifice. I am where I am. She does what she would do. Each of us stepping outside our comfort zones to an unknown we have to face, ourselves, for the sake of one another. While there was a time when fear would stop us from taking those steps, that time is no more. Even if that fear is still there, even if that journey lies buried in hardship, we will make those sacrifices. For her to never stop smiling. For me to reach for the endless sky.
There is no more compromise. There is only what we’re willing to give up for a future we are willing to see happen. After all, such is love. A knife’s edge of enduring pain and eternal bliss.