Lessons on Love from John Lennon and Yoko Ono
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono sat down with Howard Smith to discuss their love, marriage, and unconventional lifestyle. Their relationship was controversial, but the insights they shared on love and commitment are timeless. Here are some lessons we can learn from their interview.
Love is Unexpected
John and Yoko’s relationship was unconventional from the start. They met when she was an artist and he was a rockstar, both at the height of their success. Ono was already married, and Lennon was in a tumultuous relationship with his first wife, Cynthia. Yet they connected on an artistic level and fell in love unexpectedly.
As Lennon said in the interview, “It’s like a love at first sight, but you just keep seeing more and more and more.” Love is not something you can plan or control. It’s a feeling that comes naturally, without any explanation. When you find someone who makes you feel complete, don’t be afraid to take a chance on love.
Marriage is Emotional
Although John Lennon was skeptical of traditional marriage, he and Yoko decided to get married in a regular ceremony. The experience was emotional, even though they had both discussed the intellectual aspects of marriage. As Lennon said, “It wasn’t even a nice vicar or a bishop, you know, to do it. But it made a difference.”
Marriage is not just a piece of paper or a legal contract. It’s a commitment between two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. It’s an emotional bond that goes beyond any legal or social expectations.
Love Overcomes Boundaries
John and Yoko faced a lot of criticism for their relationship, particularly from the media and fans who didn’t understand their artistic and political views. They were both from different cultures and backgrounds, and faced a lot of backlash for their interracial relationship.
But they refused to let other people’s opinions define their love. As Yoko said in the interview, “You know, we’re just in love, and we happen to be different colors, and this is something that is not…you know, a problem to us.” Love transcends any boundaries of race, culture, or social status. It’s about two people who see each other as equals and love each other unconditionally.
Love is a Journey
John and Yoko’s love was not always easy. They faced a lot of challenges, including the breakup of the Beatles, legal troubles, and public scrutiny. But they remained committed to each other and their artistic projects, using their love as a source of inspiration.
As Yoko said in the interview, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but it’s also the most difficult thing in the world.” Love is not always perfect, but it’s worth fighting for. It’s a journey that requires patience, understanding, and forgiveness.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were not perfect, but they were a shining example of what love can be. They were true to themselves and their love, even when it was challenging. Their commitment to each other and their art remains an inspiration to this day. We can all learn something from their journey and the lessons they shared about love.