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For Love or Money: Happily Ever After (Reality)by Alima Ravenscroft -- 09/09/2003
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I don’t care what networks say about how "good ratings are only surrounded by lots of drama and tears." Ultimately, everyone likes a happy ending – where two people find their soul mate and fall in love. I must say, with a sigh of relief, that the season of For Love or Money 2, was a great love story ending to the build up from our original show. I, at times, feel hopeless at the possibility of falling in love. There are always so many twists and turns that life throws our way, much like a reality show.
I went on the show originally for the experience of it. I also went on with a small hint of hope that I could possibly find someone I could fall in love with. But, as Christina put it so eloquently during our reunion show, "I came looking for love, and instead I got Rob."
I think taking risks for the chance of love is something that is required of us should we choose to take a leap of faith for the possibility of something great. Sometimes it involves stepping out of your boundaries to look in venues that allow you to cross paths with someone you wouldn’t normally meet in your every day life. Thus, my journey from online personals to radio dates, and lastly a reality TV show. From each, I met some amazing people from around the country, as well as within my own city. Without the power of those venues, I should think my dating life would be pretty boring and uneventful.
From this final episode, I felt my heart soften and open up more to the hope of one day falling in love. I got choked up several times as I watched the interaction between Erin and Chad. The first time being when Erin confessed that she was falling in love with Chad, and the second time when she offered him half of her money. It was so evident how much they genuinely cared for one another, and how little the money mattered to either of them. I wish them nothing but the best and hopefully the first For Love or Money wedding will be produced from this. (Then from there, perhaps the first FLoM baby?! Okay. I may be getting ahead of myself. I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say?) I feel so privileged to have been a part of such an amazing experience and for meeting Erin and the rest of the cast from both series of For Love or Money. From this, I have gained hope for love, knowledge of myself, and a great group of friends... there is nothing more I could have asked for from my time on a reality TV show.
Life is full of uncertainties... but one thing has always remained steadfast and true for me... nothing can replace the value of a friendship and nothing can lessen one’s personal experience in any situation. We are in control of what we make of it and what we walk away with. For me, I ultimately walked away with no money and no man, but 19 new, genuine, adventurous, and loyal friends. I am happy with just that. Quantity has no significance when measured up to quality.
Good luck Chad and Erin. I hope you two live happily ever after! You both deserve someone great, and fortunately, you found each other.
Did you miss Alima’s behind-the-scenes look at the reunion show? Click here to read all about it!
Alima Ravenscroft appeared on the first For Love or Money. You can read more about her and her time on the show in her earlier interview with RNO.
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