She was a successful young executive and he was a struggling young entrepreneur. They came from very different backgrounds and aimed for different things in life. So the lack of professional rivalry and the thrill of knowing someone completely different from themselves attracted them to each other. Soon they were the closest of friends, helping each other and filling a void in each other’s life that they weren’t even aware existed. They told each other everything, comforted each other and even discussed their romantic lives with each other. Life was soon beautiful for the two.
However, destiny had other plans for them. The platonic relationship soon started to fizzle out and before they realized it, they had become more than friends. They needed each other and though were in denial, love was the binding element in the relationship. She finally acknowledged her feelings and once that happened, she was so confused! She couldn’t picture romancing her dear friend, with whom she had gone through so much. But a part of her was terribly excited and kept telling her this was the best thing to ever happen to her! So she decided to give this love a chance and waited for him to react.
He was also going through the same emotional turmoil. On one hand he didn’t want to lose the ‘friend’ he so cared about by entering into a relationship and on the other he just wanted to make her his forever. But there was a factor that prevented him from taking the relationship to the next step. He was very focused and refused to put anything or anyone before his career. He know he had to establish his business first and saw anything other than that an obstacle in his path to success. So he decided to suppress his feelings.
The girl was intelligent and she was able to analyze the whole situation. So none of them confessed their true feelings to each other and went about life in a normal way. But this time a lot of pretensions crawled into the relationship and though they remained friends, were not able to be best friends to each other. It was obviously not possible. The romantic feelings kept getting in the way and at a point the girl couldn’t take it any longer. She yearned to be with him and the realization that he too felt the same way made it all the more unbearable for her. She wondered why her friend felt being with her would make him less focused. She wept that he saw her as an obstacle. But she could say or do nothing.
It was a lot easier for him. He didn’t feel it as much. And being a boy and having a typical male attitude, he gave vent to his feelings by lightly flirting with her. But this just made the situation worse. What he didn’t realize was that every word he spoke, seriously or frivolously, had a strong impact on her. So after a certain time she very obviously started to feel that he was playing with her emotions. She didn’t know what to do. So though it was the hardest thing she ever did, she relocated to a different city and promised herself to get over him.
Time passed and things changed. The boy was now a successful businessman and the girl was the chairperson of her company. And now with success all his, he thought the time to be right to follow his heart. So he set forth to find his friend whom he so madly loved, whom he was confident to be happy with and who now suddenly meant the world to him.
They met, he proposed. Old feelings came rushing back to the girl and though she was overjoyed, she could not bring herself to accept his proposal as the thought of her being an “obstacle” for him still pinched her. They went for a long walk that day and after all these years revealed their true feelings for each other. Everything—from what they felt the time they met each other, the time they realized they loved each other and now. They laughed they cried, they lamented the time lost. But at the end of it, the girl walked away with a smile on her face and the boy fell on his knees. No one knows what happened. Did she say yes or no? Did they agree to remain friends forever or were the feelings too much of a barrier for that to happen. Who knows!
Well, whatever happened that day, it just made one thing very clear. The emotions of a man and those of a women are not similar. A woman knows how to love and a man knows how to look beyond that love. A man has the courage to punch away troubles, a woman has the patience to negotiate. These things, don’t however, in anyway belittle either of the two. It just establishes the mental gap and difference in the general outlook of a man and a woman. So no matter how many claims of gender equality are put forth, some inequalities will forever be there and no power in the world can make them go away. Efforts shouldn’t even be made to wipe these away...after all these differentiate the two groups of humans in this world and make them so attractive to each other!