When we choose to intertwine our lives with another, one of the most terrifying things we experience is the feeling that we're "losing" something. As we make the (often necessary) compromises that a relationship requires, we feel like we're "giving up" a part of ourselves.
This can be a huge source of tension, especially in the early stages of a relationship.
A bar. Evening. Live jazz echoing throughout the room. The sophisticated bustle of a "speakeasy" vibe.
Darcy and John sit adoring one another, envisioning their lives together, planning their upcoming trip to Paris, discussing friends going through hard times, and savoring an amazing meal. As they stand to leave, two women call for their attention.
"How long have you been together?" says one. "It's so sweet how you two can't get enough of one another."
An ordinary citizen is bitten by a radioactive spider and gifted with superhuman strength. A wealthy billionaire uses his inventions, wit, and charm to protect the city from danger. A collection of (famous) basketball players work together with (famous) animated figures to defeat an alien basketball team in a landmark contest of skill. Four kids are accidentally shrunk by their father’s invention and almost devoured by a lawnmower.
Mercedes and Kyle have a sweet ease in each another's presence. When we met Mercedes and told her about our work she excitedly said "come, please, meet my boyfriend, we have such a great relationship!" As soon as they were together you could feel both of them relax more deeply and as we began to talk we were struck by their gentleness with one another. They had a kind way they giving each other space to express themselves but would also gently stepping in with a supportive comment if appropriate. The level of respect, communication and love they had for each other was simply beautiful.