Love! Well, I’m sure you’ve read about it in a million articles, stories, poems, and some even check about it in their horoscopes (now don’t lie!).
Don’t worry, I’m not going to assert the cliche regulars here about how, one day, you’ll find the love of your life and how everything in the world will be sunshine and rainbows. I secretly hope you do, though.
What I want to address is how love and romantic relationships are the two most intermingled words I have ever come across. We are so bewildered about the concept of love that we have made relationships and love practically synonymous. As an obvious result, we’ve begun to hate love, when in reality, it’s the claustrophobic feeling a modern-day relationship brings that we hate.
You think you don’t need love but if you look close enough, a majority of our actions are driven by it, consciously or otherwise.
Why do we find ourselves limiting love to romantic relationships? Love is free and profound. Love is when you come home to your mother and there’s a huge smile plastered on her face. Love is playing a lame video game with your brother even if you are bored to death.
Love is when you are lazy but still show up at the gym and work out. Love is when you travel to see your best friend even when you’re tired because they need you. Love is when you dance in the rain. Love is when you practically destroy your vocal chords and sing with your friends on a night out.
Love is when you sit in your favorite coffee shop and read your favorite book. Love is when you reach the mountain top, after a day-long hike. Love is snuggling with your dog at the end of the day. Love can simply be listening to your favorite song. Love is when you wish to seize the moment!
You know, I or a hundred other writers could rant on and on about love and how beautiful it is, but intellectual knowledge can only help so much. Actually, we need to actualize the experience of love, of the moment when your heart is filled with love to make a subconscious imprint.
Emotionalising and practicing the concept of love is the key. You could read about it every day but it will sustain by physical behavior, by act and deed, by practice. It is almost like taking something nearly mystical and transforming it into an everyday familiarity, by practice.
We can deny all we want, run from it, but at the end of the day, we know we want to come home to love.
Lastly, today or any other day, if you happen to stumble upon this blog, or if you are ever to take away anyone thing I’ve written here, I ardently hope you take this. Embrace love when you find it. Be loving when you can. If there’s something the world can never get enough of, it’s love and kindness.
Be the one who gives out what’s needed the most. 🙂
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