We don’t search for love. The world has always thought that love is what every soul capable of loving strives for. To find that significant other, to find that one person who knows the ins and outs of our mind, body, and soul. That person or object that we can laugh with, smile towards, raise an eyebrow to, and bite our lip whenever we see them. The butterflies of it all, the nervous anticipation of a text or call, the anger and disappointment when things don’t quite go the way you had hoped it would. This is what most think we strive for. In the truest sense, we strive for hope. We hope that one day we will find that one person that looks at us with as much passion, care, and love as we do when we look at them. We hope that we find that person, and we hope we are smart enough to hold on to them. We hope that we can pick out the real ones from the wrong ones, because we are tested in every sense when it comes to finding what we thought we strive for. False looks, false hope, false love. The nastiest and toughest lesson we all learn to face is within our heart and ourselves. Guys want the “hottest” girl and girls either want the “bad boy” or the “sweetheart.” We are none of these things. How far can looks get you in a relationship? That’s lust, not love. Some hope that they can make that relationship work on looks. We are all very different from each other, but still very much the same. How we tell each other apart is through each other’s eyes, and that is how we connect with that one love of life. You hope you see that look in someone else’s eyes because that’s when you know you have it. Think about it…relationships don’t start out with love. We hope they end up that way, but that is all it is…hope. We hope we fit in with a group, we hope we get good grades, we hope that the person we want more than anything wants us too. Friendships are made with hope. We hope that this person is somebody trustworthy and can be a true friend. We love them if they are, and we throw them away if they aren’t. But we still hope. Hope is the most powerful thing in the world, because it will drive you to the ends of the universe and back again. Love can do that too, but hope carries more weight. Everything we do is revolved around hope. Hope is your prayer being answered and your wishes coming true. Hope is waking up next to the person of your dreams and knowing nothing will ever take that away. Hope is the couple that has been married for 55 years, but still can look at each other as if it were the first time that they ever saw each other. We hope we can have that. We hope that we are lucky enough to be that dream person or be that couple. We hope we can be successful like our heroes, we hope we can be as great as others around us. We hope that one day we have the privilege to see all the hard work pay off. We hope to be just like our moms and dads, or we hope to be the exact opposite of them. Love can’t get you through life’s worst obstacles. Having people that love you does help, but if you have no hope, then you have no chance of overcoming. Hope is a feeling like no other. Hope alone won’t get you the job you always desired, or the love of your life to randomly appear at that moment. But without hope, there is no chance of that happening. You don’t think you will get that job, then you won’t get that job. You have to hope that the job is yours, you have to hope that the person you’ve been waiting for is going to walk through those doors and have that same look in their eye. Hope is what you do when you want people to feel better. Hope is what you do when you want to make that team. Hope is what you want to become. That should be a life goal for people…to become someone else’s hope. Hope is knowing one day that that person will finally see what you have always seen in them. Hope is the last second shot to win a game, and the last pitch thrown to close out a win. Hope is everything from a newborn baby to an elderly woman who can’t even remember her own name. We hope that baby stays healthy and lives a long life, and we hope that the elderly woman recovers. That is what humans do, we hope for each other. Holding onto hope is our greatest challenge, because it is tested every day. Every bad grade, bad game, breakup, every bad event can lead to us losing hope. People find ways to cope with losing love, whether it be a night out or a pint of ice cream, there are coping mechanisms. Losing hope, however, isn’t cured by ice cream or tears. Losing hope is only cured by finding something new to hope in. Hope is our dreams, our goals, and our ambitions. Hope is everything in this world. Love can be temporary, but we hope it lasts forever. The world runs on hope. There are things that we can’t control in life. We can’t control events around us and we can’t control love. We hold the key to our own destiny, because having hope is that key. Hope is that look in that other person’s eyes that tells you this is it and this is the person I’ve been looking for. Love is so difficult because we never know where that look is, we never know where or who it will come from, and we never know when we missed our chance…until it’s gone. That is why we strive for hope, not love. Love can fade, but hope keeps us alive.