BY STEPHANIE DOLCE
Cupid and I really don’t get along.
He has over the years brought me some questionable romances, to say the least.
Cupid is the most famous of Valentine symbols — a mischievous, winged child, armed with bow and arrows. In Roman mythology, Cupid’s mother Venus was jealous of the beauty of Psyche, and ordered Cupid to punish the mortal. Instead, Cupid fell deeply in love with her. He took her as his wife, but as a mortal she was forbidden to look at him. The entire story of Cupid is similar to the modern day fairy tale stories such as Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, so we know how the story ends with, “Happily Ever After.”
Some scholars who studied Roman mythology, have suggested that Cupid’s very appearance is representational of the nature of love. Cupid’s wings represent the flightiness of lovers. The arrow serves to represent how love can both emotionally wound and inflame an individual. Additionally, they suggest that Cupid is often represented as a young boy to illustrate how love can be irrational and foolish, as are many young people. Plus, Cupid supposedly carries two kinds of arrows. One with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.
Personally I think Cupid has hit me with the golden arrow a few times but picked up the lead arrow on a few questionable suitors for myself. There have been guys from as young as twenty-three, to as old as fourty-six, so at least he knows that to me, age is only a number and nothing to do with maturity. There have been guys whose first impression were all lies, guys who I didn’t think I should give a chance too but gave them anyway, and guys who just point blank wasted my time. And after the last one I decided that I had enough with Cupid and his stupid little arrows! I am in charge of who I want to be with, not him. 2014 is going to be the year of, The Cupid Project.
So what is the Cupid Project and why am I launching it?
Simply because I am in control of who I fall in love with and who I want to have a relationship with, not relying on some mythical creature named, “Cupid,” to find me a mate.
That is the goal of my book, “Hello Love, Where’s Cupid?” So people can read the truth about love, instead of being feed fairy tales and myths like Cupid or Cinderella. My goal is to have my book in every bookstore worldwide and to do this I need the help of EVERY reader, friend, family member, and true believer in love! Call your favorite book store and tell them that you want them to stock the book. Tell your friends and family about the book and where they can purchase it. Finally, post quotes from the book or you can share my posts from Facebook or Twitter.
Over the next twelve months we will go on this journey together. Until recently I didn’t think there was a chance that I could possibly have the relationship I want. The best relationships start off as friendships. You can’t just dive into a relationship head first, you need to first dip your toe in it, then your feet, etc, just like trying to get into the swimming pool. The better you get a feel for someone and vice versa, the better off you will be. See, once you forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will, your chances of having a wonderful and satisfying relationship go up.
And that my friends, is what the Cupid Project is all about.
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