Spring is ending, summer is beginning. The season of…. love. You see a beauty at the park, and your heart goes aflutter.
How do you test drive true love? Bill Murray has the answer—seasoned love advice given to some young guys he stumbled across having a bachelor party he recently:
“If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, ‘Okay, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”
A truly romantic solution. But if you scratch the surface a bit, you see that there is a lot of practically to his mandate. Anyone who tries to turn a love-at-first-sight summer park encounter into an actual relationship will know that a lasting partnership is only one part love. Then there is compromising, cleaning, negotiating bad moods, sharing a sense of humor… all the things that you will need to do in order to navigate the adventure of life with another person.
Plus, all relationships benefit from a compelling narrative. What better story than starting it all with a voyage? Picking up and running off may not be for everyone, but trips (even adventures) come in all forms. Even just hopping on a city bus, taking it to the end of the line, and spending the day wandering in places unknown would do the trick.