"Kapag mahal ka, babalikan ka? Kung mahal ka niya talaga, iiwan ka ba niya?"
Keeping a stiff upper lip while watching Clark Medina spit out those words is heartbreakingly impossible. It strikes a chord because one way or another, you’ve been trapped in the same cycle, too—from being madly in love, getting left behind, then downheartedly hoping for that someone to pick you up again, despite the idea being heavily clouded by doubt.
And as On the Wings of Love winds down to its last chapter, you realize how this off-the-charts teleserye touched you in many ways. OTWOL is way more than the undeniable chemistry and kilig moments of James Reid and Nadine Lustre, or it being the brainchild of award-winning director Antoinette Jadaone. You proudly branded yourself as a certified OTWOLista because the soap accentuates some truths about love that everyone badly needs to absorb in real life:
1. It’s difficult to be the person you wanted to be, when you’re also trying to be the person he needs you to be. Yes, love inspires you to dream big. But having goals also mean sleepless nights, conflicting schedules, and forgotten obligations to your loved ones. Compromises make a relationship work. And if you can’t do it, then let go as early as possible.
2. It usually doesn’t work when you’re both not ready for it. We’re not just referring to maturity here. If the general thought of love and its costs scare you, then it’s not for you yet. Reality-wise, love is not enough to make the world go round.
3. No matter how long you’ve already been apart, there will always be a part of you that longs and aches for the one that got away. Time may heal all wounds but there will always be scars. And those scars remind you of the wonderful memories you’ve been through and why it sucks to let him go.
4. Love does not demand sacrifice. But it makes the idea worth doing. Who cares about pain if it means the world to the one you love, anyway?
5. Jealousy, insecurities, and misunderstandings can get the best of you. No matter how hard you try to feel secure, there will come a point in your relationship when you'll feel inadequate and undeserving of his love. And it will kick right in the gut. So you either make up for it, or get drowned in your overwhelming emotions—choose wisely.
6. Giving up shouldn't be an option. Even if it hurts, especially when it hurts. Because you honestly and wholeheartedly love him. And if staying with him means understanding his whims, accepting his flaws, and working your way through dissapointments, then so be it. Love entails taking risks, so get ready to plunge into the uncertain.
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