“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” -Aristotle-
I wrote about the Hullabaloo in one of my last blogs and LOVE is just something that makes life so worth living. But what does it mean to LOVE? There are probably as many definitions as there are people on this planet, so we cannot really put a label on LOVE. I do believe though that there are certain qualities that are connected to LOVE. So lets look at a few of the different kinds of LOVE and their definitions:
PUPPY LOVE: romantic love that a young person feels for someone else, which usually disappears as the young person becomes older.
BLIND LOVE: loving someone so much it makes you unable to see their faults.
TRUE LOVE: perfect romantic LOVE between people.
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: is known as affection without any limitations, or love without conditions. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such as true altruism or complete LOVE.
PASSIONATE LOVE: a LOVE in which emotional arousal and usually sexual passion are prominent features.
COMPANIONATE LOVE: a LOVE characterized by strong feelings of intimacy and affection for another person rather than strong emotional arousal in the other’s presence.
Millions of songs and poems have been written about LOVE, more than about any other topic. We adore romantic films with happy endings. Sometimes we take LOVE for granted and sometimes we treat LOVE with disrespect and without the appreciation it deserves, hurting the ones we LOVE so baldly that we hurt them beyond repair. Often we only really appreciate LOVE when it is gone, when we have lost it, destroyed it or neglected it in favour of other things we thought more important. We often forget that LOVE is something precious that needs care and should be treated with kindness and respect. You even have to put work into LOVE to maintain it and also accept and even embrace the changes that comes over time. When passionate LOVE becomes a loving companionship – or even the other way around.
For some it is so easy to fall in LOVE and I often admire them. But when you have fallen in LOVE with someone and it just doesn’t work out, how do you manage fall out of LOVE again? Can you will yourself to stop loving someone? Can you decide to fall out of LOVE? Or do you need to be hurt so badly that you are numb from the pain and shut your heart down? Some say that time heals all wounds but some wounds are just too deep. They close more and more over time but they are still there. There are only so many scars a heart can bear.
So falling out of LOVE is easier said than done. But luckily there are wonderful examples that LOVE, with all its up’s and down’s, really can last a lifetime.
I would like to close this short excursion about LOVE with a few beautiful quotes.
“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” -Audrey Hepburn-
“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” -Arrigo Boito-
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” -Victor Hugo-
“I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald-