“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. But it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Love at first sight… Although I am a hopeless romantic, this is not something I really believe in. But I do however believe that “eye contact is how souls catch on fire”. Eye contact is very important in everyday life of course, but sometimes when it happens it doesn’t affect your life in any way – for example when you are passing a stranger or a car in traffic or when someone helps you in a store. But sometimes, and very rarely, you can lock eyes with a perfect stranger and your life won’t quite be the same again.
Now this has only happened to me once, or rather it’s the only time that it happened that I cannot seem to forget. A few months ago (more or less) on an extremely windy night (cliché, I know, but it is the absolute truth, I promise) anyway, on that night I was passing through a crowd of people in search of an open seat and there he was. I didn’t see him at first, but just as I looked over, searching, he looked up, and our eyes met. Out of nowhere it really hit me, it felt like his eyes held mine captive, as if he was staring straight down into my soul and I couldn’t do anything to avoid it… I was in a hurry so I can’t remember how our eyes “let go”, but afterwards all I could think about was the way it made me feel. My inside turned completely upside down, and only from one look, one random, but perfect stranger, one fleeting moment that seemed to last for ages…
I believe in fate but well nothing ever came of it of course (duh, this is life, it’s not a movie) but I will never forget the way that look set fire to my soul.
A while ago I tried to explain this to my sister, but she never quite understood what I meant, and I don’t think you will ever understand until you have experienced it for yourself.