Love Knows No Borders

By: Devon Carrow of The Love Spreader blog

Every Hollywood story goes the same, boy and girl meet, they fall in love, they get married, and they live happily ever after. That’s how it’s supposed to go right? That’s what I thought, until I ACTUALLY fell in love, and realized love and life doesn’t always go according to plan. Love has challenges. Love has ups and downs, but no matter what, love always prevails in the end. It will make you stronger, and it will push you to become a better person.

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When I was a Freshman in college, I met a boy named Ali. He was opposite from me in almost every way possible – he was born and raised in Iraq. I was born and raised in the United States. He was Muslim and I was Christian. He was a blend of Arabian food and music and customs, while I was raised and very much in touch with my European background. Both beautiful and rich in their own ways, and ultimately why I believe I was attracted to him from the very start.

I think that in today’s world, people are paranoid of the unknown. Worried about how it will impact their life, their comfort zone. I wish people would know that cultures outside of our own are not scary, and should not be intimidating. They should be embraced with open arms.

I’m not going to lie and say that getting used to things outside of your comfort zone is easy. It’s challenging, but a beautiful challenge, something that will shape you into a better, and well-rounded person. For example, my first time making an Iraqi meal. I get a chill just thinking of it. I think I messed up the recipe in almost every way possible. I burnt the bread, over cooked the rice, and got the wrong type of chicken. I was horrified. Looking back though, I am thankful for the experience. It made me a better cook. I learned. I have a bigger repertoire now than just my usual German or American food, because I got out of my comfort zone. I challenged myself, and I challenge you too, dear reader, to get out of your own safety net, make new friends, travel. Even dare to fall in love with someone outside of your “normal.” You never know what beauty lies ahead.