He was the single guy in his group. All his friends were either engaged or married while he was waiting for 'the one'. At the age of 29, he felt lonelier than he ever felt before. As he sat at the reception party of his friend's wedding, he could only see all the happy couples around him. It was like a camera roll of people destined to be together. He first glanced at the newly married couple. They couldn't stop smiling. Their love for each other was so evident as it sparkled through their eyes and touched others' hearts. His other friend and his wife were sitting at the adjacent table. They were together since college which meant that they were together for more than 10 years. Their hands were entwined as they reminisced their wedding day. He thought, "What is it about weddings? Every couple is happier watching the newlyweds. While the 'forever alone' category of people feel empty." He suddenly remembered all those times when he felt this way. He felt it while watching 'Titanic'. He felt it while reading 'A Walk to Remember'. He felt it strongly on Valentine's Day. It never went away. As he sat there, all alone, he was still hoping that someone will come along. He was still waiting for his soul mate. At that moment, he was just waiting. Waiting for a miracle. Waiting for his special someone. Waiting for his life to start with that person he hadn't yet met. He felt helplessly lonely, but he believed that he will fall in love someday. It will be just like he had dreamed, if not better. At that moment, he knew that this waiting was sad, but he knew he will cherish it someday. At that moment, he felt like this waiting would leave him alone all of his life. But, somehow he also knew that when the wait would be over, he would have found 'the one'.
(‘Monday Moments’ is a blog series wherein I write about an incident or a moment in a short paragraph. It’s not a story, but just a short description to express and explore the most common joys and also the uncommon miseries.)