January 14th, 2017

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LJ Idol Season Ten: "Love 4 You"

Love 4 You
idol season ten | week five | 725 words
Fear is the heart of love

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Will you ever find love, or are you doomed to die alone?

As marketing slogans go, it's a little harsh, but that's our motto. You want love? We're Love4You, and we're here to help you find it.

So, how does this work, you might ask? It's pretty simple. You come to us and say you're serious about meeting someone special, and then we work with you until that happens. We might offer grooming tips and behavioral advice, but the real work is in helping you alter your expectations. The biggest problem people have, and you'd think it would be obvious, is that most of them are just too darned picky.

Say you meet a guy, and he's a belch-rocket. That's… well, that one's kind of tough, actually. It's pretty hard to get past that. If that guy is you, though, hey—tone it down a little. What the heck is the matter with you?

Or maybe you meet a nice woman who has a few extra pounds on her, so you decide she's not the one. What are you, Prince Charming? No. Were you ever? Exactly. So, who are you to be so demanding? That same gal has a heart of gold and smile that could light up a room. Do you think women like that come along every day? Of course not. And if they did, you wouldn't recognize them anyway. Let's face it, you're no good at that. It's why you come to us.

Have you always had some fantasy of marrying a rich man and spending his money for the rest of your life? First of all, how many men like that are there? The answer is, practically none. That dream was never going to happen.

Also, that kind of life isn't as happy as you'd think—especially after you get traded in for a younger model, which is practically guaranteed.

Now, your friends might introduce you to a terrific, upstanding guy with a great sense of humor, the kind who'd make an excellent father. Except he's got a little snow on the roof, or maybe the roof is missing a bunch of shingles, or…eh, well. Not the best analogy, but the point is, do you think he likes the hair situation either? No, he does not. So, why hold that against him?

That nice lady on the second floor with the cute glasses and the laugh that makes you feel like you want to be part of the fun? She likes her knitting and craft shows, sure, but would she expect you to knit too? Probably not. So, what's it to you? Ask her out already!

You have to pay attention to what counts and what you've got in common. Do you like traveling? Are you hoping to find someone who feels the same? Well, be careful—if one of you wants to go to foreign countries to see the sights and visit museums, and the other wants to tour the flat states in an RV, that might not work out. Unless you're flexible, in which case, double the fun! You just have to think bigger.

Now, it's not just you—tons of people are in this boat. You probably think the really good-looking ones have it easy, for instance, but you're wrong. A lot of times, those movie-star types only find infatuation instead of love. As soon as another pretty face or someone with a bigger house comes along, their partner is out the door. They'd probably do better if they came to us for help, but you know they won't. Hey, it's their loss, right?

Maybe you're thinking, "Hold on, I don't want to just settle for someone, not yet." Who's talking about settling? We're talking about looking deeper and seeing what really matters, and maybe smoothing some of the edges off you, so you're not being overlooked by everyone else.

Sure, most of this is the kind of stuff your parents tried to teach you years ago, but did you learn? Kids, they don't listen. That's a fact.

So, that's what we do, here at Love4You. We're in the phone book and we're here to help. Just give us a call—you'll be glad you did.

And in the meantime, you could all make this easier on everyone. Just be a little nicer, like your mother told you!

Sometimes, that's all it takes.


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