Never Stop Saying 'I Love You'

Never Stop Saying 'I Love You'

You can overcome anything with a thing called love.
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"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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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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To The People I Could Never Live Without

You always did your very best to support me and loved me every step of the way.

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Mom, over the years we have grown and developed our relationship beyond what we thought it would ever be. You know I have always been an independent soul, ready to go off on my own from a young age without a single care in the world. As you also know, I am very stubborn and want to do things my own way. Always have, probably always will.

I wanted to thank you for taking such care of me for as long as you did. Knowing you were on your own for the most part, well until Derrick came along. You always did your very best to support me and loved me every step of the way. I still remember you calling me pudding pop for as long as I can remember. I never knew where it came from, but I loved hearing it. Growing up and going through puberty caused a lot of fights for us. You were trying to teach me and make me understand the mistakes I was so hellbent on making for myself. I want you to know that I have always loved you and always will.

Derrick, I honestly can't remember a time when you weren't in my life. You have always been there to support me and cheer me on. You'd pull my baby teeth out when I was too scared to do it myself. You would trick me into thinking I was late for school on Saturday. You watch scary movies with me because I won't watch them alone. We have so many TV series that we've started and abandoned, waiting to be picked back up again.

I want to thank you for treating me like your own, even though I'm not related to you by blood. You have always made me feel loved and cherished and never made me feel out of place. I know I can count on you to be there for me when I need you to be, no matter what. We may not be blood, but you are and forever will be my family.

Dalton, do you know what the first memory I remember with you? Mom was picking me up from daycare after she had gone to the doctors to find out if you were a boy or a girl. I remember that mom and I guessed girl, but Derrick said you were going to be a boy. Mom and I were wrong, obviously, but I remember being happy that we found something else out about you. Even though I was complaining that Derrick was right, I was so excited that we were one step closer to meeting you.

You have been my partner in crime. You watch musicals with me and sing at the top of your lungs when I feel like having a concert in the kitchen. You get involved in everything that interests me as a way to stay close to me. I love you more than life itself. I will forever be there for you for help and advice so don't hesitate to call. If you ever find yourself doubting my affection for you, just remember the time when I almost fought that fake intruder in my towel, fully prepared to fight naked if someone broke in.

I love you all so very much!

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