Love is everywhere.
Sometimes, though, it’s almost impossible to see it — or know it even exists. That’s because many of us are exposed to lots of anger, bitterness, and hatred.
But do your best to look beyond the darker shade of life. Once you do, it won’t be long until you notice: Love has been around you all along.
Below are four inspiring love stories.
1. True love knows no obstacles or distance
Pradadyumna Kumar Mahanadia was born into poverty in one of India’s remote villages. During his youth, he felt hopeless. While he yearned to leave his world of hardships behind, he was financially incapable.
He felt stuck. And as unfortunate as his situation is, he learned to accept it. As a young man, he began to settle for his poor quality of life.
His mindset turned around, however, when he laid eyes on a beautiful woman from Sweden, Charlotte von Schedvin. While he had nothing to offer the woman who bathed in fortune, he never felt overwhelmed in her presence.
For him, she’s the epitome of a perfect woman. She’s kind, humble, honest, smart — everything amazing.
When she wanted to return to Sweden, he didn’t stop her.
His unfortunate way of life didn’t bother him. But he was certain it’s not the kind of life he wanted her to have. He fell madly in love with her and she deserved nothing but the best.
So he embarked on a daring mission:
He traveled from India to Sweden to be with her.
Most people told him he was aiming for the impossible — his idea is ridiculous. For supplies, he only had a trashy bicycle. He also didn’t have a lot of money, food, or clothing.
For him, however, he had enough. He wanted nothing more than to be with her.
Fortunately, he was successful. When he arrived in Sweden for the first time, he decided it was the start of his life with her.
His incredible journey is documented in the book, The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled From India to Europe for Love.
2. Patience and a rewarding love story
The story of Irina and Woodford McClellan stood the test of time.
In August 1974, months after they became husband and wife, they got separated. He was stuck in the US, and she was left in Russia. His Soviet visa expired, preventing him from seeing her in Russia. At first, they weren’t troubled by the forced separation. For them, it was easily rectifiable. He could reapply for a Soviet. She could also apply to emigrate to the US.
For them, it was nothing but a small and short-term obstacle. But they were wrong.
What they thought was a minor bump in the road was the beginning of a life of misery as a married couple. While they were bonded in marriage, their situation made it almost impossible to feel bonded as a couple.
They couldn’t be together.
It’s bad enough they were physically separated. They also had to endure the world’s depressing moments. In addition to the difficulties she undertook on her own as a political activist, she also had to sit through the harsh conditions of the Soviet employment and housing system.
Her daughter (from a different man) also had to experience difficulties. And he couldn’t be there for her.
For years, the two of them lived and loved each other from afar. They survived on photographs and letters. And at a time when not a lot of video or chat programs existed, they managed to keep their love for each other alive.
Being unable to be present in each other’s lives was excruciating, at one point, they admitted their marriage was dying. But because their love was incredible and strong, they held on.
11 years passed by as if it was a lifetime. But after all those years apart, they got reunited.
To read the nitty-gritty details of their love story, check out Irina’s memoir, Of Love and Russia: The Eleven-Year Fight for My Husband and Freedom.
3. Love at first sight
Nacho Figueras made waves as a globally recognized polo player with striking model looks. Many people would also refer to him as the David Beckham of polo.
His great love story started when he was in his teens in his native country, Argentina. It was when he first laid eyes on the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, Delfina Blaquier. When he did, he swore to himself — and to any god listening he would marry her.
He was only 15 at that time. He was young and naive. But as youthful as he was, he had a fiery determination. He was determined to pursue her as best possible.
So that’s what he did: He pursued her.
Before he became a superstar, he didn’t have much. He wasn’t born into a wealthy family, too. He was the sole provider of his needs. And to do that, he had to take on laborious jobs on a ranch.
Even after working for an entire day, he had to travel to see her at around 2 pm daily. It was a lot to do, and he would get exhausted.
Most young men wouldn’t want to sacrifice so much for someone. But he wasn’t like most young men. Not once did he ever complain.
He knew he didn’t have much to offer the most beautiful girl in the world. Unlike anyone, however, he was willing to work hard and offer her amazing things — anything that would make her happy.
They married in 2004. And together, they have four children.
4. Young romance can stand the test of time
Kate Middleton was 18 when she met Prince William. Together, they were art majors at St. Andrews University.
She felt starstruck whenever she was in his presence. Imagine how happy her heart was when he expressed his adoration for her.
After spending a lot of time together, they began dating. Because they understood each other, they became each other’s best friend. And they made a special place for each other in their hearts.
Kate was in bliss during their time as boyfriend and girlfriend together. As a couple for the first time, they lasted for almost five years.
Unfortunately, pressure from the media and the upkeeps of a long-distance relationship took its toll on them. While they still had love and affection for one another, they decided to go separate ways.
Love, though, has a way of reigniting the fire between two people who are meant for each other. And definitely, they were meant for each other.
Months after they separated, they fell back into each other’s lives. They reconnected and picked up where they left off.
Kate still felt uncomfortable with the media attention that she got. As a very private person, she despises being watched almost every second. But she made peace with it. That was her life now, and it was part of the deal of being with a prince.
Years later, Prince William proposed to her with his mother’s sapphire engagement ring. It was unquestionable — she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. So she agreed to marry him.
On April 29, 2011, they tied the knot. 200,000 people including family and friends across the globe watched their magical wedding. And it culminated with “that kiss” at Buckingham Palace.
Final thoughts: The most beautiful real-life inspiring love stories ever written
The most beautiful love stories involve two people willing to fight tooth and nail for each other — just like the inspirational stories above.
It’s nice to read about these stories. At a time when it’s possible to not believe in love, these stories can serve as reminders that love is out there.
And if you have your own love story, feel free to share it.