The past year has been one of the most eventful in recent years. With the world’s leading pop singers, fashion icons, and film stars celebrating their birthdays, the celebration of love seems appropriate.
So what is the definition of love? Is it the feeling you get when you see your significant other smile at you? Is it butterflies in your stomach? Is it the feeling you get when you hold your partner’s hand?
No doubt, there are many different types of love. However, the simplest and the most popular definition of love is “the love and affection you have for someone”.
What is affection? Is it the love you feel for your best friend who you have known your entire life? Is it the love you feel for your parents even though they may sometimes drive you crazy?
These are all forms of affection. They are all types of love. Basically, when you love someone, you are displaying a type of affection for them. You are showing them that you care about them. You are showing them that you value them as more than a friend or a family member. That you want to be with them for the rest of your life. You want to make them feel the same for you. That is affection and that is love.
Love Is A Choice
Love is not something that just happens to you. You have to choose to love someone. Just because you were born into a family with a mother who loves you, and a father who loves you, and you have a best friend who loves you, it does not mean that you are destined to be in love with any of these people. You have to decide to love them. You have to decide to place your affection and your love on the line and say “this is mine, I will not let go.”
You cannot blame your parents or anyone else for the choices you make in life. You cannot blame genetics or environment for the fact that you were born into a family with two loving parents who provided a stable home environment and gave you the tools to be a successful adult. You cannot blame the media for brainwashing you with images of perfect people having perfect lives. You cannot blame your teachers for not offering you the right tools to be happy. You cannot blame anyone but yourself for the choices you make in life.
The Meaning Of True Love
True love is being loyal to someone and standing by them in good times and in bad times. It is putting the interest of another person before your own. It is being open to change and growth. It is being honest about your feelings and being able to vocalize them. It is above all being supportive and encouraging to the person you love. When you are supportive and encouraging to someone, it means that you value them and see the good in them even when they do not see it in themselves. That is what true love means.
True Love Is A Myth
Some people believe that true love does not exist. That there is no such thing as a true love match. That you should never truly love an individual because eventually you will grow to hate them. That is a completely distorted view of love. Love does not need to be perfect to be real. It is perfectly normal to have mixed emotions about someone you love. You do not always need to be “in love” with the person you are with. It is perfectly acceptable not to feel passionate about someone at first sight or even after many months of being with them. That is what makes love so beautiful, so inspiring, and so complex.
Be Careful What You Wish For
We often think that if we could just get our wish, then everything would be perfect. But often, what we get is not what we wish for. You should not put yourself in situations where you might get hurt. You should not put yourself in relationships where you do not feel comfortable. You should not rush into anything you are not prepared for. Take your time, get to know the person you are with, and only then decide if this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. It is perfectly okay to be alone for a while and to have a long, happy life with someone you love.
Being in a committed relationship is not easy. It takes work. It takes dedication and courage. It takes understanding and compromise. It takes being willing to change and grow with the person you love. It takes being open to the possibility of being wrong. That is what true love is all about. It is a choice to love someone and to be loyal to them. It is a choice to place your affection on the line and say “this is mine, I will not let go.” It is a choice to be supportive and encouraging to the person you love. It is a choice to love someone and to stand by them in good times and in bad times. True love is not a myth. It is real and it is possible. It does not need to be perfect to be real. It just needs to be there. And if it is, then it is a miracle. It is a true blessing.