I believe I can make the claim that every person who reads this article, loves someone. Bold of me, I know. With this in mind, there is much we end up promising to those we love. We promise to love them, through the hard times, through the easy times, through the times where we want to do nothing but hide away and show nothing of ourselves. We promise to help them, to comfort them, to cherish them, to respect them, to give them time, to treat them well. Often these promises are unspoken. We share them in holy bonds, bonds where we assume the other in the relationship will keep their bargain, and even if there is a breach in trust, that the one who broke the trust will quickly repair it.
Now, there are of course even more types of promises that we make to one another. You surely know of the promises you have made to those you love. Maybe you promised your Mom that you wouldn't drink at college. Maybe you promised your Father that you would pursue a specific degree. Maybe you promised your sibling that you would stay in touch while you were away. We make countless small and big promises to those that we cherish. Sometimes we keep them, sometimes we do not. Sometimes we truly strive to keep these commitments, at other times, we leave little white lies behind in the trails of our legacies.
One might question though, why it is we do this. Why do we promise so much to those we love? I guess the answer is simple isn't it though? We make such daring and unbelievable promises to those we love because we want to show our love. We want them to show them that we care enough about them, to do things that we typically wouldn't for anyone else. We change the way we behave, the way we think, the way we live, for the benefit of those we love. It is an amazing thing, how dependent we are on those around us. No one can make it through this wildlife alone, and no one can make a relationship last without promises.
So take some time to think about what kind of promises you have made to those you love. Think about what motivates you in life, what drives you. Take time to ponder these things, so that you can continue to live by these promises, see how to improve them, and decide whether or not to make new ones, or get rid of old ones. Always remember, of course, your promise to live for those you love.