Never Stop Saying 'I Love You'

Never Stop Saying 'I Love You'

You can overcome anything with a thing called love.

"I love you."

Seems simple enough, right? Yet when it comes to saying it out loud, some of us seem to choke up. We live in a world where people are too intimidated by the root word to actually say it. We'd rather act like we're not phased by the idea of giving our hearts to someone; whether it be to our family, friends, or significant other. We've found it easier to build walls up against people in order to protect our own hearts.

But would we rather risk not telling the ones we love how we truly feel because we're too scared to open up? I won't judge someone for refusing to say these three simple words; however, I do believe they should be said.

Life is hectic and occasionally unbearable. We spend a majority of our time stressing over things that could easily be fixed and overthinking to the point that it makes us go insane. With this, we forget to tell those we love that we actually love them. Growing up, I have made it a habit to never go to bed upset with someone and to always say I love you. Every day that we wake up, is another day to tell the ones that mean the most to us how much we love them. Our lives and our time are too precious to not treat everyone in it like a gift.

Love is not an easy thing to define by any means, but it can be seen in every day actions. It's getting a phone call from your best friend at 2 AM because she misses you. It's getting that quick FaceTime call from your boyfriend because he hasn't seen you all day, or getting a call from your parents because something funny happened and they didn't want you to miss out on it. It's having people show up at your front door with movies and ice cream because they heard you were having a bad day. Love is easy to express, and it is easy to give.

I am the person that will tell you I love you simply because you brought me a smoothie. If my waitress brings me free salad or dipping sauces, I tell her I love her. If someone opens the door for me, I tell them I love them. It is the little things in life that I love people for.

Telling someone you love them is the easiest thing in the world to do yet we make it more complicated than it needs to be. Love is simple. It's showing people what they mean to you. Sometimes, telling someone you love them just may end up saving their life.

I was 10 when I first truly understood love and gratitude. I had noticed a homeless man sitting outside of the restaurant I was in. He didn't have much to offer, but he was making roses out of straw he found lying around. He would hand these roses out to people who passed by, never asking them for money in return. I decided to wrap up my food to go and bring it to him with my father.

I told him I didn't have any money to offer but I had a burger I didn't touch and some fries if he would like it. I ended up sitting and chatting with him for 20 minutes about his roses. At the end of our conversation he explained that he was considering ending his life soon because of the state he was in. He proceeded to hand me a rose and said "because of you, I know there is good in the world. I know that I can get through this."

I never did see him again, but I have a feeling he was grateful for what I could offer.

It is the choices we make and the words we choose that help people in the smallest of ways. Telling someone you love them may seem difficult; nevertheless, if your actions prove your feelings sometimes the words are never needed.

Don't abandon love because you're too scared of how others will react. Everyone wants to feel loved in one way or another. Love is truly the only thing that will not leave you alone. Your love for God, family, and friends can and will triumph through anything.

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An Open Letter to my Best Friend

I saw what he never did.

Seeing your best friend hurting and not being able to help is one of the things that I continue to struggle with. It’s frustrating when you see so much light and love inside one person and other people are too blinded by things that don’t matter to notice.

My best friend has been here for me for the past 18 years. Through every single break up, every single sleepless night and every moment where I needed her, no matter the day or time. She is loyal, loving, understanding, wise way beyond her years and sweet as all hell.

I just want to say thank you to her ex boyfriend who thought he broke her. You made her stronger and thanks to you she finally sees her worth.

Your worthless comments, your manipulative actions only made her stronger. She realizes she doesn’t need anyone but herself. And she sure as hell is worth more than the shitty attempted love you tricked her into thinking you gave. While you’re out there with the girls you told her not to worry about she is no longer wasting her time on guys who refuse to see her value.

I want my best friend to know that we see all of the things he never did. All of the qualities you possess that I can only pray I can one day obtain. I want to thank you for being in my life because without it I know I would be a completely different person. I am thankful for our friendship and I am thankful for you.

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Counting My Blessings

Instead of allowing hurt to penetrate your heart, choose to count your blessings.

I honestly don't know how I got so lucky.

Really, the word lucky is not the best term to use, but blessed.

I have got an incredible family and some of the most amazing friends. Each individual and unique person brings so much importance into my life that I could never begin to explain it to its full potential.

God has blessed me abundantly and my cup is overflowing.

This absolutely does not mean that I don't have bad days. I have some of the worst of the worst. And quite frankly, if I allowed myself to speak negativity into each day I am sure that I could find one thing to complain about.

However, this isn't about those but rather the goodness of God and those He has placed in my life.

Do you ever get overwhelmed when you choose to think about the good? I know I personally get so overwhelmed at times that I find myself at a loss of words reflecting on those who love me unconditionally. Just knowing that those people are my family and friends and that they love me no matter what astounds me and puts me in a place of pure joy.

They truly never cease to make my heart so full.

You want to know a secret though?

Just like I know that I am not perfect, neither are they. They know that and I would never expect them to be. Mistakes will be made and feelings will be hurt from both sides of the party.

But love is so powerful and so strong.

Love means that we don't have to hold on to the hurt. Instead we can take some time if needed to breathe and we forgive.

I am so grateful for each precious soul Christ has placed into my life for a purpose.

I am also thankful for the ones He has placed in my life throughout the years who have come and gone for many different reasons.

At times when I have found myself upset over the loss of a friendship, and there will be those moments, I have learned to choose to reflect on the memories that will be cherished forever.

While I don't need to understand why it had to happen it is very important to trust Him in knowing that it was for a reason. That is just another reason that shows how good our Heavenly Father is and that He will always protect us. He has given us good memories to cling to in those moments of reflection which makes it much easier to let go and to let God.

In life you will have hard days and then some that are even harder than your hard days. You may feel at your weakest and like you have no hope, friends, joy, or even love.

I have these weak moments, but then I think about the goodness of Christ and the people who He placed into my life.

These are the blessings that I choose to count as I face difficulties in the next year. I will no longer allow the hurt and disappoint take aim at my heart.

God is good and He is faithful. My cup is overflowing with the multitude of love that He has given me. I pray that you also will choose to count your blessings.

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