Thursday, November 17, 2016

Remember when Kissing meant something? #ThursdayTalk

This post is inspired by, but NOT SPONSORED by Glamour's Women of the Year Awards.



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Remember when Kissing actually meant something?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - When was the last time a kiss took your breath away?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - When was the last time talking to your crush gave you butterflies in your stomach?

While watching an Entertainment News Story that was covering Glamour's Women of the Year Awards, a simple quote made me actually look away from my computer and up at my TV screen, Gwen Stefani was honored as 2016's Woman of the Year during the Glamour's Women of the Year Awards in Hollywood, California and during her speech she said something that has stuck with me since I heard it: (this is a snippet of her acceptance speech):

"I just want to say thank you to my parents for that gift of faith," she told the audience. "I want to say thank you to everyone who ever listened to my music. I am so honored and grateful." She continued, getting choked up, "To my children, to my family, to Blake Shelton for kissing me back to life, thank you so much. I am blown away, I'm blown away by this room of unbelievable courage. It's unbelievable to be here tonight. I am really, really grateful." ~Gwen Stefani

I rarely get 'event envy' - I attend amazing ones here in New York City all the time, but I truly wish I could have been there to see/hear her say it.

Oh to be a fly on that wall.

I would have loved to have witnessed the reactions for myself.

In fact, I would love to know what your *REAL* first reaction to that sentence is, before you think about it, before you cautiously consider - write and then re-write your answer. (Did you mentally go all "Bitter Betty" and think 'UGH', "Jaded Jane" and think 'yeah right' or are you a "Swooning Sally" whose heart beats romantic all the time?)

My Take:

I am writing this and listening to Evanesence "Bring Me to Life" and contemplating how that simple yet boldly powerful statement made by Gwen Stefani reminds of a time when kissing and romance was a bit less complex, was *almost* (and I do say almost)... easier.

I want to jokingly say that Blake Shelton must be a damn good kisser, but I get what she means by it.

But as a single gal in New York City who is not into kissing every random frog that comes hopping along my path (hoping one of them might be that elusive Prince), I wonder if I will ever truly experience a "Kiss that Brings Me Back to Life" - I vaguely remember butterflies in my stomach, but don't think I have yet had a kiss that brought me back to life or helped me 'get my life' either.

I hope that this expression "Kiss me back to life" actually becomes bigger and finally drowns out the term 'conscious un-coupling', coined by Gwyneth Paltrow after her messy divorce. Maybe this quote will have more impact than that one. Imagine a world where we have more people open to love and romance and less plotting how to civilly break away from one another....(and I'll refrain from mentioning that affairs caused so much heart ache and heart break for both Gwen and Gwyneth -perhaps a post exploring why men on cheat on amazing women is a topic to be explored?)

I could also write a book on weird dating experiences in the city that never sleeps! But that my dear butterflies is a story for another day.

(And by the way that is a photo prop in my hand in the photo above, NOT my lips!!!)

Readers Sound Off: Have you ever experienced a 'Kiss that brought you back to life'? Do you think a kiss can really do all that?

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58 comments:

  1. A kiss can absolutely do that. The first kiss I had with my GF was the last kiss I had with anyone else. We've been together for 18 years, now.

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    1. @Ben 18 years? WOW! That is awesome! :-)

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  2. I don't know if I've ever experienced a kiss that brought me back to life, but the first kisses that my babies gave me were truly magical. Made Daddy have to step up his kissing game!

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    1. @Amanda That is one kiss I definitely do not plan to experience as I do not want children, but all my friends tell me the same thing. I will take all of your words on that one! :)

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  3. I kid you not, I listed to Evanescence earlier today! :D Yes, I've had a few kisses that have suddenly made me feel truly alive. I think that with the right chemistry a kiss can be ... life changing. <3

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    1. @DJ I see we share the same great taste in music! I feel most alive when I am in an airplane and it's ascending and I know I am leaving everything behind and headed somewhere new. I vaguely remember that thing called 'chemistry' of which you speak. I won't say just how long it's been since I have actually felt that way! :)

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  4. This is a great post! I agree that kissing can make or break a day! A kiss the life force exchanged between two people!

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    1. @Jennifer I see you are a romantic at heart! :)

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  5. I love Blake Shelton and I am so happy that things are working out for him and Gwen Stefani. I have been married 21 years and it still takes my breath away when I kiss my husband.

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    1. @Catherine 21 years? That is Fantastic! You definitely give me hope.

      I think it's great they found each other to hold on to, and that is certainly an amazing thing to say, I hope he lives up to those words.

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  6. I met my husband during a rough time in my life and his kiss certainly offered comfort. Ten years later and he still gives me butterflies!

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    1. @Marcie - you win just for using the word 'butterflies' in your comment! :-)

      I'm glad you both found one another!

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  7. A kiss can surely turn my day around. I have been with my husband for over 11 years and a kiss from him will always brighten my day!

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    1. @Christina :) (If I were on mobile I would have used the kissy face emoji)
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  8. Absolutely!! I still remember my first kiss from my husband :)

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    1. @Marijean Hope he knows how lucky he is to have YOU! :)

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  9. I always forget that Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are a thing! They must really love each other!

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    1. @Pam - I think a big part of it is they were both going through the process of a divorce at the same time and I will bet that also bonded them even more.

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  10. Oh my, I'm not sure about the kissing back to life. But I get what she meant.

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    1. @Debra - Same here! LOL

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  11. I agree that kissing can make a difference! A kiss the bond shared between two people!

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    1. @Ckrusch It's definitely a part of what draws people together physically that's for sure.

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  12. I Don't think I have had a kiss that brought me back to life. Yes, I agree a kiss can do all that.

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    1. @Esme - Then my wish is that you find it and experience it. :)

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  13. Hahaha I really do believe a kiss can do this!!!! Just has to be that special someone!!!! You won't be able to hold back a smile

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    1. @CourtneyLynne - There was no doubt in my mind that you would be a romantic at heart, I read your blog! :-)

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  14. I think the first kiss from each of my daughters have been the ones to bring me back to life. But I still remember my first kiss with my husband.

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    1. Come out of hiding Unknown! :-)

      I think that's absolutely beautiful, all my friends with children tell me the same thing.

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  15. I believe that kiss can really do that! A kiss from a special person will bring you back to life. :)

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    1. @theamazingjenni - I may have to dust off my mistletoe this holiday season, LOL! ;)

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  16. I still love kissing my wife.
    We don't kiss often, but when we do, it is heated.

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    1. @Dan She is a very Lucky Lady! :)

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  17. My husband still gives me butterflies. I need to kiss him more. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. @Christy Keep that spark alive! :)

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  18. Thats a nice speech. I Could very well say that about my husband and it would be true. very nice words - Jeanine

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    1. @Six Time Mommy - Glad to hear your hubby still gives you those feels! :-)

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  19. I love to listen to Evanescence. I kiss can do many wonderful things to our brain. I think it is important to keep kissing alive in a relationship.

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    1. @Ann I wholeheartedly agree!

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  20. What an interesting topic! Kisses definitely can do that - it's very interesting to think about!

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    1. @Adriana - As a single woman, the idea of it instantly resonated when I heard her say it. I couldn't help but want to explore the topic and find out what people think when they hear it. It actually dovetails nicely with a piece I wrote about how difficult it is to accept a compliment. As far as compliments go, hers was certainly quite a compliment!

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  21. I love this quote. My husband always takes my breath away when he kisses me.

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    1. @S. Meredith - Have you heard the Berlin song by the same name?

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  22. I'm glad she's found the happiness. It's an awfully sweet sentiment. Makes it sound like old Hollywood movies where a kiss was the answer for everything.

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    1. @Melanie - Actually it did make me think of that as well.

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  23. To me kissing still means something. Not everyone is going to give a bring me to life kiss but you will find that special someone that will. :)

    Silvia
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    1. @Silvia Same here. For me, it definitely still means something.

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  24. Interesting topic! I think there are different emotions that kisses can give you, depending on your age when it happened. My first kiss as a teenager was different from the first kiss my husband and I shared. :)

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    1. @Eileen - That is so true and such a great point!

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  25. I feel like this way every time my husband and I kiss

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  26. A kiss can certainly make a difference. I have been with my husband for almost 17 years and still feel the magic. Go us! Great post!

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  27. Kissing was making my day so happy, I've been married for 10 years and I'm still inlove.

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  28. A kiss that can bring me back to life sounds amazing!

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  29. I literally had a smile on my face the entire time reading this. A kiss can be a powerful thing.

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  30. Such a deep thought on kissing. I never really sat and thought about it, lol.

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  31. I definitely think that kissing can do that. I've been married 12 years and I still get those gutted butterflies when I kiss my hubby. Love him!!

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  32. I think a kiss can do all that! A kiss from the right person can bring you back to life.

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  33. I completely believe a kiss can bring someone back to life. So oftern we get set in a routine and forget to live. All it could take is that one kiss to ignite a spark and you will remember what you are living for.

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  34. I've always liked Gwen's voice and as a person ever since the 90's. I've had only one kiss that changed my life and it's with my special someone.

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