Aaah, Love! Is there any more wonderful, precious, fulfilling, stressful, insane, terrifying word on the planet? Throughout history men and women have penned their thoughts, feelings, and opinions regarding the topic of the human heart and it’s longings. Everything from private letters, diaries, sonnets and poems, to today’s song lyrics from every genre has delved into this expansive subject, whether it’s to extol the virtues of wonderful, undying adoration; the darker side of the loss, pining, deception of, or battle for the affections of another, or any matter of the heart in between. Love, it seems, is the prevalent topic in times of war and peace, throughout all seasons of the year, in life, and some even in death and beyond (thank you Edgar Allen Poe).
Love is one of the very first emotions we learn to experience in life, nearly from the moment of birth. The feeling of security, comfort, peace, and fulfillment experienced in those first months of life are the basis and the foundation for every standard we will hold love to throughout our lives. Whether it is expressed by a small child who draws a crayon heart for his parents or a lover so carefully choosing the most perfect blossoms to present to his lover, or one who puts pen to paper or speaks eloquently of love, there is no denying it’s power and influence in our lives.
A few examples of feelings, definitions and expressions of love that will speak to the jewel that is the female heart:
01. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
(Talk about a timeless and perfect idea of exactly what love is all about)
02. “It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.”
(There is a lesson to be learned and joy to be had from even the most foolhardy love)
03. “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.”
(Love is the sweet nectar of life)
04. “Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.”
(Love is a fragile thing that can in the heat of but a single moment, can be disregarded)
05. “Love is something sent from Heaven to worry the Hell out of you.”
(Love can be just as painful as it can be divine)
06. “Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
(Beautiful lyrics about love from a beautiful soul. Love is a thing freely given and should be treasured)
07. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
(This is self-explanatory; love combines the souls)
08. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
(Love, in order to be true love, must be born, nurtured, kindled into a great flame)
09. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
(A rather sad way to look at love, as a thing which amounts to merely an illusion)
10. “Do you know how you tell real love? It’s when someone else’s interest trumps your own. I like to put it that way: trumps your own. Love of somebody else — of family, of your kids — becomes the most important, most worthwhile thing in your life. It’s what you foster and protect.”
(Another perfect expression of one of the many facets of true love)
There is no right or wrong way to express feelings of love, as they are as different as each individual who experiences them. Throughout our lives, most of us will feel both the kiss and the sting of love. This may seem on the surface to be a bad thing, for who wants to be hurt by love? But if not for the pain, how will we appreciate the happiness when true love finds us? Some will say that true loves has a bite sharper than that of feelings mistaken for love, and that may be true, but that only makes the next experience all the more pleasant. Love is love, to be enjoyed, cried over, and enjoyed again.