Facebook post by Richard Keith Latman

I've had this running debate with a friend of mine about the concept of "love at first sight". We've all read about it, dreamed about it, hoped for it and probably all doubt it unless you've experienced it. For me this is a very important reality because it means that love may not be a choice but a natural occurrence that is powerful and compelling. Now sure, our brains are amazing, so no doubt those of us that don't want to be happy or for which love would complicate an otherwise fine life, can poison that unmistakeable feeling of warmth that washes over you. But for the rest of us not impacted by Scrooge-syndrome, love at first sight is a dream come true. I propose that I can prove that LAFS (yes, I just made up an acronym and it's going to go viral) exists: Those of you that are parents, please remember when they handed you your baby for the first time. #LAFS How about the first time you held a puppy or kitty that you intended to snuggle forever? #LAFS Christmas morning, you sneak out of your room early, and quiety crawl into the living toom to find Santa actually ate the cookies you baked and drank half the milk (Santa never drank more than half). #LAFS You are in a random coffee shop and you run into the most perfect human you've ever seen in your life. Your eyes glisten, your heart skips a beat and you say something incredibly awkward just to spend a minute more in their presence. #LAFS The first time you wiggled into a pair of Lululemon yoga pants. #LAFS Ladies every time you throw that perfect filter on your snapchat selfie you know that you smile as you put it on your story. #LAFS Everytime you grab that shiny yellow bottle and slowly squueeze our a glistening stream of perfectly smooth mustard unto the casing of a deliciously nestled hot dog without touching the bun. #LAFS I could go on but I think I've made my point, Love at First Site clearly is reality and if you don't fight it, it can change your life. We all get into a funk, we all are scared of the change and we all fear the concept of getting hurt but that doesn't mean you don't put both feet in and go for the ride. Isn't that what life is? Isn't that why we are alive? Isn't that what being alive is for? I for one would rather be hurt, fall down, have to start all over or even be crushed by failed love than to hide from the very things and people that make life, well, make life the most amazing gift we all have. So, dear friends, tell me your experiences with #LAFS and how it has changed your life. If you haven't felt #LAFS open your heart today and read what people write here on this post. I promise if you tear down that wall that keeps you inside and let the sun in, you'll find the love comes and life grows in unmeasurable ways. Peace and #LAFS Richard P.S. (Can I P.S. on a Facebook post?) That's my amazing mom Lynne and I at Carnegie deli having a hot dog, a coke and a smile. I've loved her since the first time I saw her and still do...