In response to a WordPress writing word prompt posted a few days ago… the word simple.
Is anything ever simple? Life, money, work, sex… love? Nope it never is. But somethings should be more simple than others in life… love should be one of them.
I’ve used this song above as part of my response to this writing prompt, as the song by Alicia Keys is called ” Simple” and it is one of my favourite songs from the album ” The Diary of Alicia Keys.” The lyrical content is clever. If you have read my blog for some time you know I’m a massive music fan. It inspires me when I write, I use it in my writing and I listen to it when I’m writing. In fact, I can’t actually think of a time apart from when I’m asleep, that I don’t have some form of music on.This album might be maybe about nine or ten years old, but I still love it and still listen to it.
The song (the lyrical content) is about a complex relationship that is never simple, but needs to be simplified in order to work. Which is my point. People in general may think that relationships and love are complex things, and never simple or shy away from them. Or if they are in a hard relationship walk away as it’s too much hard work. One thing I have learned over the years, is that relationships and love are actually not complex things, they could be one of the most simplest things in life that bring you as a person the most joy in your day to day life. What makes them complex are PEOPLE and their wants, needs , desires and sometimes there can be mismatch in expectation which creates a feeling of a complex /hard work relationship, that is never simple. Have you ever had a non -simple relationship?
I have and it took me in all honestly about almost seven years to come to this conclusion on relationships/love and that really they should be quite simple. It it’s hard work, it’s toxic. I learned by looking back at the relationship, and realising love should never be this hard/complex. Loving someone and being in love, should be a simple, easy feeling.
As a romance writer, I like to write about complex relationships and show how two characters over come their complex difficulties, with a happy ever after. That’s what romance and love is about, a happy ever after feeling, not complexity and hard work. Romance and love should be simple. And most importantly, I have learned it can be. If you just keep it simple.
- Listen 2. make an effort 90% give 10% take 3.compromise = simple.