Thoughts: Jazz, Unrequited Love, & Then Some

Nina says, “Don’t be the girl that gets the “run around” from any man.”

My deep fondness for jazz has grown so much in the last 4 years and I have collectively found artists like Nina Simone to fall in love with. Lately, I’ve been listening to records by amazing female artists; besides Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald just to name a few. Meanwhile, also rediscovering some funk and soul from artists like Minnie Riperton and Gladys Knight & The Pips. Going back into time and feels with these, right? I’m an old soul, I can’t help it.

Now, about this song…

Nina’s music breeds independent women. There’s a passion in every lyric she sings to every note she hits. This one in particular can be related to by everyone, I suppose. It’s about loving or caring for someone who doesn’t know how to reciprocate that same love/care. Could it be unrequited love, perhaps?

I think we have all experienced dating someone who doesn’t seem to be on the same page with us when it comes to the relationship or certain expectations in dating. It happens. But, I think there’s something about unrequited love that hurts a little deeper than just simply not seeing eye-to-eye. Now, if you have something quite good – a significant other that goes out of their way for you, not only in words but in actions, and reassures you every chance they get at how lucky they are or how much they like you; well, I think it’s safe to say that you might have a keeper there.

For those of you experiencing the feeling like you aren’t enough or just not getting reciprocated the amount of time, effort, or attention you want from the person…

Well, that person may just be shit out of luck. They don’t deserve you. If you are well aware of your worth and they are not, well, that’s a damn shame. As cliche as it sounds, there are many more fish in the sea. Now, I know “fishing” takes up some time and patience, but all good things are worth the wait. And, wouldn’t you rather have wait for a better person than wait an eternity for someone who can’t see your worth?

If you have something well worth keeping and sharing a relationship with, pursue and build on it. I always believe that things can only get better from good, not worse. And even if it doesn’t always start off the way you expect it to, there’s always room for improvement; therefore, even out of something bad, there is good. Yet another cliche to remember, every cloud has a silver lining!


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