The risks we take seldom bear fruit on the first day. The leaps of faith that we take rarely provide a peek into what kind of future we will have. However, one thing that we find out is that when that time comes, we are always taken by surprise. And when the first wave of adrenaline rush slowly settles down, we look back with a certain sense of clarity that only hindsight can offer.

Hannah had her eyes set on a new life–a clean slate. One day, she decided that she was going to start all over in Singapore. So she left everything familiar in her home country, sold her car and packed her entire life into a suitcase and decided that nothing was going to hold her back.

David had also a similar plan. It was supposed to be an in-and-out kind of operation. Go to Singapore, work for a while and leave. He had one cardinal rule when he set foot on that country: don’t fall in love.

Never more in his life was David so happy that his plans never worked out.

The two met and naturally didn’t think much of each other as they had plans they wanted to pursue. Hannah had an exit plan and left the country and never thought too much about David even after being friends with him for three months. And when she left Singapore and her future spouse (which she didn’t know then), she felt that she had left a significant part of her as well. David pursued her. He traveled to where Hannah was because he knew that as much as he loved to see Hannah pursue her dreams, he could not bear to see her go.

David and Hannah then began a long-distance relationship spanning several countries, meeting in several airports at a time whenever their schedules permitted. And one day, in the cobblestone streets of Paris, David asked her if she would marry him.

“Yes.”

Had David asked a thousand times over, the answer would’ve been the same.

There are times that the love of your life is someone you already know. There are times that when you think about that one person you would ever dream of spending the rest of your life with, the answer would be someone familiar–someone who has cemented their place in your life. But life almost always has a delightful way of surprising you, of chasing you, of giving you an opportunity to take one of the biggest risks you would ever take in your life–and making it all worth it.