People wished that Cupid’s arrow strikes their ultimate love target but little do they know the great lengths that Cupid went through for his beloved.
Such is the love story of Psyche and Cupid.
According to Greek mythology, Cupid (Eros) is the Greco-Roman god of desire, and the son of Venus (Aphrodite) the goddess of love.
Psyche was so beautiful that Venus’s followers neglected to worship her.
Jealous and angry, Venus sends her son to exact her revenge on Psyche by making her fall in love with an ugly creature.
Things didn’t go according to plan for Cupid scratched himself with his own dart and feel deeply in love with Psyche.
He then disobeys his mother’s order to make Psyche fall for something ugly.
Together with the sun god Apollo, Cupid staged a scheme in which Psyche had to marry a serpent to save her people.
Therefore, Psyche was taken to a mountain, waiting for the serpent, but naturally there was no serpent.
Instead, a cool breeze brought her to a palace, where invisible servants attended to her.
She was married there, to a husband she could not see—Cupid—but, regardless, they fell in love.
One day, she received a visit from her sisters.
They grew jealous of her luxuries and lied to her, telling her Cupid truly was a serpent, and that she needed to kill him to save her life.
Believing them, Psyche went to see Cupid while he was sleeping. She dropped her lamp, rousing him. Disappointed in her lack of trust, he flew away. Psyche spent years looking for him, but she couldn’t find him.
As things turned out, Venus had locked Cupid up in his room; she didn’t want him going after his wife.
When Psyche saw Venus, the goddess gave her several challenges, which were meant to be so time-consuming that she would no longer be attractive.
Psyche had to clean up an overwhelming mess of grains, gather wool from a golden sheep, and bring water from the mythical River Styx.
Psyche succeeded—with the help of amicable ants, a friendly tree, and a friendly eagle—so Venus told her to ask Queen Persephone, who reigned in the underworld, for beauty.
Though Psyche’s journey was difficult, she managed to get the beauty, which was inside a box.
She opened it on her return journey, but inside there was only never-ending sleep, and she fell into the trap.
Meanwhile, Cupid had escaped. Finding Psyche, he woke her up and they were together again.
They went together to have their marriage authorized by Zeus.
And Venus? She was so impressed by Psyche’s skill that she no longer objected to their union.
What we can learn from this story is that many times, we would like Cupid’s arrow to do all the hard work for us, without putting in the hard work that Psyche did.
She was able to overcome any challenge and succeed, because she was driven by her love.
Echoing the lyrics of Meatloaf’s hit song, “I would do anything for love, I’d run right into hell and back!” She literally went to underworld, and she came back alive.
She was willing to risk death, several times over, so that she could find her husband again.
Throughout that time, she never stopped loving him, even at the beginning when she didn’t entirely know who he was.
The same could be said for Cupid, who went through so much difficulty—being locked up by his mother for his own decisions, being unsure in Psyche’s love and trust—only to make the right decision and end up back with her at the end.
We can learn a lot from this romantic tale and get inspired to fight for the people we love.
For if we believe and are convicted, there won’t be any boundaries when it comes to love – not even the Gods themselves can stop them.