Overjoyed



Have you ever felt being in love? It’s not falling in love; it’s being in love. It’s the heartwarming feeling that comes every time you see the smiling face of a person who means the world to you. It’s the peaceful feeling that comes every time you embrace the person you hold most dear in your arms. It’s the heartfelt feeling that comes every time you see your most precious person is feeling happy. It’s the soothing feeling that comes every time your tears are wiped off by the person you care the most. It is the content feeling that nothing in this world could compare to. And for once in our life when this kind of feeling is coming, we just know it when we know it; we are in love. And for once in our life when this kind of feeling is coming, we just know that the same exact feeling won’t come twice; it’s one of a kind. And for once in our life when this kind of feeling is coming, we won’t let it go of that easily; we just can’t. And even though the road is rough and windy, we’ll go through it anyway, for we know it’s worth it. It is pacifying. It is relieving. It is overjoyed.

“Over time, I’ve been building my castle of love, just for two, though you never knew you were my reason. I’ve gone much too far for you now to say, that I’ve got to throw my castle away.” –Stevie Wonder, Overjoyed

“Overjoyed” is a hit single written and performed by American legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. It was released in 1985 as the third single taken from Wonder’s twentieth studio album, “In Square Circle”.  The R n’ B track rose to fame and became one of Wonder’s signature songs. I feel heartwarming whenever I listen to this song. Moreover, it makes me feel so in love. And in a nutshell, this song is the way love should be: soothing, heartfelt, vulnerable, and exposed.


"Overjoyed" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I always believe that the state of being in love doesn’t just pop out in a second. It is the kind of feeling that develops from time to time. It doesn’t come just out of nowhere. It is the kind of feeling that is built time after time. It doesn’t appear suddenly. It is the kind of feeling that comes up to the surface from deep within and just lingers there like a warm ember. It is not the summer fling that can easily passes by. It is always there constantly. It is like we build a castle; it takes time, but it’s worth all the time it takes. “Over time, I’ve been building my castle of love, just for two, though you never knew you were my reason. I’ve gone much too far for you now to say, that I’ve got to throw my castle away.” It takes efforts, sacrifice, and endeavor. It takes persistence. And after all the efforts, the sacrifice, and the endeavor, we’ve come that far that we cannot just throw it all away. For we know that in the end, it cannot be compared to any other temporary flings that just come and go. And not in a million years we would throw it all away.
“Over dreams, I have picked out a perfect come true, though you never knew it was of you I’ve been dreaming. The sandman has come from too far away for you to say come back some other day.” We can have many dreams about love; about the ideal view of how a love should be, about the ideal picture of how a love should become. However, out of so many dreams we have upon the ideal love, we will find that being in love is breaking through those views. As ‘too good to be true’ as it is, it is the dream comes true that comes into the almost perfection one. More than just a desire, it’s an intimacy. More than just a passion, it’s a deep friendship. More than just an ideal view, it’s the reality. And yes, we choose. And somehow we know that we are being in love when we always end up with the same choice, no matter how many other choices come in between. “Over hearts, I have painfully turned every stone, just to find, I had found what I’ve searched to discover. I’ve come much too far for me now to find the love that I’ve sought can never be mine.”
And we know when we know it. We know our dream comes true when we know it. We believe when we know it. We are overjoyed when we know it. “And though you don’t believe that they do, they do come true, for did my dreams come true when I looked at you. And maybe too, if you would believe, you too might be overjoyed, over loved, over me.” And I have lived long enough now to understand that for everything that is real, there is nothing that comes easy. The road may be rough, the path may be windy, the hurdles may be so many, but the effort will never betray. The effort, the sacrifice, and the endeavor will open the heart up for a chance; a chance for a true love to grow inside us. “And though the odds say improbable, what do they know? For in romance, all true love needs is a chance. And maybe with a chance you will find, you too like I overjoyed, over loved, over you, over you.” And all we need is a chance; a chance to give a room for love’s growth, for empathy, for forgiveness, for understanding, for happiness, for a bright future.

"In Square Circle" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I always believe that if we can define what love is, then it will be ‘real’. And I always believe that if we can depict how love is, then it will be ‘to make it real’. True love is more than just a feeling. It is something real. It is not only in the imagination. It is not only an idea. It is not only in the illusion. It is something real that we can feel, see, and touch. It is something that is attached to our reality. It is something that is intact. It is in the effort, sacrifice, and endeavor we live in a daily basis day by day. It is the perseverance, persistence, and determination to go through any hardship that may come. And it isn’t built overnight. When we love, we do everything to make it real. When we love, we won’t just give it up for any reason, because love conquers; because love opens room for chance. When we love, we won’t let it go for any purpose, because love overpowers all; because love gives empathy, forgiveness, and understanding. When we love, we don’t count. We we love, we don’t compare. When we love, we know it. It’s real, sincere, and pure.

“And though the odds say improbable, what do they know? For in romance, all true love needs is a chance. And maybe with a chance you will find, you too like I overjoyed, over loved, over you, over you.” –Stevie Wonder, Overjoyed




Over time, I’ve been building my castle of love, just for two, though you never knew you were my reason
I’ve gone much too far for you now to say, that I’ve got to throw my castle away
Over dreams, I have picked out a perfect come true, though you never knew it was of you I’ve been dreaming
The sandman has come from too far away for you to say come back some other day

And though you don’t believe that they do, they do come true, for did my dreams come true when I looked at you
And maybe too, if you would believe, you too might be overjoyed, over loved, over me

Over hearts, I have painfully turned every stone, just to find, I had found what I’ve searched to discover
I’ve come much too far for me now to find the love that I’ve sought can never be mine

And though you don’t believe that they do, they do come true, for did my dreams come true when I looked at you
And maybe too, if you would believe, you too might be overjoyed, over loved, over me

And though the odds say improbable, what do they know? For in romance, all true love needs is a chance
And maybe with a chance you will find, you too like I overjoyed, over loved, over you, over you

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