Eien No Ai

Life is full of choices and consequently what-ifs. You can spend your whole life pondering about them or just choose one, as I did.

Searching for a CD, I bumped into an enchanting stranger from Japan at a music store. Immediately captivated by his charismatic aura, I did something out of the ordinary for me and accepted his invitation to have a drink, following him across Seattle to a little Italian restaurant. I could have said “no” and walked away, but I chose not to.

Looking back now, I wonder if he knew how his simple offer would change my life forever—if he had the slightest idea that he would shatter and challenge my ideas of love, relationships, and intimacy to their very core.

by Vivian Murakami

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