At first blush, you'd think, Gee, that's not very nice. But in context, the song was about doing and experiencing literally everything, and wishing someone a full-to-bursting life. '
I paused to think for a moment, and some of the rawest, most profound emotional moments of my life weren't just the moments I was happiest, like my wedding, or the birth of my children. They were also moments where I thought my chest would literally cave in from the gaping wound inflicted from a traumatic heartbreak. Sometimes, even the purest, most passionate love stories don't end happily. The guy doesn't always get the girl. Or the girl gets the guy, and guess what? Life happens. Tragedy strikes.
In the world of romance, everyone loves a happy ending. But are they always satisfying? Some of my favorite romances don't have "guy gets girl, lives happily ever after" endings.
|Like Untamed Heart, where our strong, quiet hero with the baboon heart (spoiler alert) DIES at the end!|
|And Titanic...my GAWD, the tears that flowed at the end of that love story!!|
|And Ghost, which really doesn't even need a caption, right?|
and perhaps the most tragic of all - Romeo and Juliet!!
Even without a tragic fate, sometimes two people who love each other simply aren't meant to be due to circumstance, family politics, or (gasp) they just aren't good for each other. Does that diminish the love story itself? Think about some of the legendary or epic stories that don't end with wedding bells for two people who share a bone-deep, heart-wrenching, can't-live-without-you-but-I-do-anyway type of love ... like, Casablanca, Legends of the Fall, and The Thornbirds.
Some would argue that a sad ending punctuates a story more poignantly than a happy one. I can tell you that I certainly think about them far longer.
What about you? What are your favorite sad love stories?