So, What Is Love?
Start writing a post

So, What Is Love?

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

So, What Is Love?

When I was a child, I believed that love was just as I had seen in every movie. I thought I would be walking down the hall one day, and the love of my life would turn the corner and knock the books out of my arms. As I started to grow up, I realized love was more like a pop quiz; unexpected, difficult, and out of your control.

My first love was definitely one of my biggest lessons learned. The time we were together was like everything you saw in the movies. It was filled with spontaneity, passion, and smiles. Unfortunately, our ending was similar to most Taylor Swift songs. I packed up pictures, stuffed animals, everything that even slightly reminded me of him. I then had to figure out how to fill a void that my body had never experienced before. At fifteen years old, I am not sure much else could had prepared me for the months to follow this fall out.

Love is a tricky thing and its rarity seems to just increase with time. In this generation, we have become so caught up in others' relationships. We set our relationship expectations based on the actions of someone else's significant other. I think we want so badly to have what other people do, that we are not willing to try and write our own stories. We are reaching for an impossible standard to impress everyone else, while not considering the things that matter most to us.

I am no expert at love, believe me, I have had my fair share of "frogs." I just think it's sad that people like the chase more than the romance. It's sad to see people "falling out of love." Communication and trust are so important, but I see so many relationships end because of cheating and simple needs not being met. It's unsettling when I see someone post how upset they are because their significant other is too busy to care. I mean when did relationships become so public anyway?

Most girls think love is a series of fancy dates and red roses, when it is quite the opposite. Love is more than pictures posted on the internet. Love is more than "promposals." Love is more than the amount of money spent or the presents received. Love is so much more than meets the eye.

Love is sweatpants and pizza at the end of a long day. Love is the wiping away of tears and long drives when you can not get your thoughts in order. Love is sleeping better while laying next to each other and smiling even though nothing is said. Love is grocery shopping and laughing the entire time. Love is looking into someone else's eyes and feeling pure warmth throughout your body. Love is compromise and sacrifices because nothing is worth losing that one person. Love is sticking around through the darkest of nights, so you can experience the brightest of days. Love is finding comfort in someone else. Love is putting someone before yourself.

"Love is patient, love is kind." // 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ready or not, here come the holidays, friends, and if you're as obsessed with the spirit of the season as I am, you are much more ready than not. Thanks to Hallmark Channel's Monopoly game making it possible to celebrate all year long, you can be ready now, too!

Keep Reading... Show less
Stephanie Tango

The pandemic has been in our world for more than half of 2020 and people are still acting stupid. If anything, they're getting stupider. They think that the virus is gone. It's not. Stop going to frat parties. Stop trying to go places without a mask. I wish things were normal, too. They're not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Kai Parlett

In the summer of 2017, 20 type 1 diabetics completed a 10-week 4,000+ mile bike ride from New York to California. They biked against the advice of doctors, family, and friends. Many were skeptical that people with diabetes could complete such a physically challenging trip without putting themselves in danger due to their disease.

Keep Reading... Show less

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.


I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less

We all love a good ol' sappy Christmas movie and this year, the Hallmark Channel is finally giving us what we want: diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Seasonal Depression Is Real And It Deserves Our Attention

Check in on your friends throughout the winter season, it can be brutal.


As we transition seasons and enter the last few months of the year, some are feeling grand about this natural shift. But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression.

The lack of sunlight during the later seasons of the year, beginning with autumn, triggers a state of depression for about 15% of the population. This results in the lack of serotonin provided by the sun, causing it to be hard for some to do a lot of the things that would normally be deemed simple tasks to do during the earlier times in the year like getting out of bed, showering, going to work/school, etc. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

September Is Suicide Awareness Month, But Mental H​ealth Is An Everyday Discussion

Mental illnesses deserve our attention 365 days a year.


September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present. Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments