"Once upon a time there were people were not born separate from each other, they were born intertwined or coupled with each other in a wonderfully intimate ball. Instead of 4 limbs, you had 8 and you didn’t have to walk, you could roll that achieved fantastic speeds that gave us plenty of courage. The courage turned into pride, the pride into arrogance and we decided we were greater than the gods and could roll up heaven. The gods, in alarm struck back, and Zeus with his mighty lightening bolt and fury broke all the couples into two. All of a sudden, the two intertwined, intimate and depending on one another became separate - lost, alone, and lost the will to live.
The gods seeing what they’ve done worried that the humans might not survive or multiply and they needed humans to make sacrifices for them and worship them. So instead of heads facing backwards and limbs making way for your partner, they rotated everything so that humans looked like what how they do now. Heads forward, arms to the side, and legs that stand us up. But most importantly, they left us with a memory - a longing for the original other half of ourselves. The other half that made us feel whole. That longing is still so deep with us that we’d travel the entire world looking for our other half.
And when one of them meets that other half, they immediately recognize them. They feel like despite the fact that they’ve only met each other, it felt like they’ve spent their whole lives together. When you ask either why or how they’ve come to desire one another, each of them reply with an explicable ‘we just do’.”
I heard that from a radiolab episode not too long ago, and I remember the day that I first met Chris. The moment he walked through the door and we started talking, I felt as if I found my other half. To this day: 2 years after we were married and 6.5 years (hoooly cow that’s long) since we’ve met I’ve called him “my other” without ever hearing the story of Aristophane’s origin of love by radiolab.
I only wish that everyone can have that same experience as I have with Chris. With that, happy 730 days of married bliss, my other.