I was recently posed with the question, “what does love mean to you?” I think love can mean something different to every single person. Each person’s own personal experiences in life help them form their own opinions of what it means to love and feel love. In my 21 years of life, my own experiences have molded and created the way that I love and have helped me gain the knowledge of knowing when someone feels the same. We all show love and affection differently, and I have found it really interesting to hear other people’s opinions on what “love” means to them.
“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowance for human weaknesses.”
Love is caring for someone deeply and unconditionally. Love means finding someone who brings out the best version of yourself and challenges you to be better. It means knowing that no matter what, you have someone you can count on. It’s loving each other’s differences and appreciating them exactly as they are. Love is the feeling that something is missing when you are apart and the realization that everything seems so much better when you are together. Love is looking after and caring for each other. Love is trust, honesty, commitment, communication, willingness, and forgiveness. Love is not how much you say, “I love you,” but how much you prove that it’s true. Love means accepting someone for all of their imperfections and failures. Love is encouragement. It means to care, to understand one’s feelings, to be there when they need you, to comfort, hold, relate, and listen. Love is being comfortable with someone. Love makes you feel safe. Love is having their best interest at heart and knowing they have yours as well. Love is being there for someone in good times and in bad times. Love is compromise. Love is sacrifice. Love is not giving up. Love means being there no matter what, not just for the pretty parts. Love is about being with someone who makes you happy in a way that no one else can. Love is the feeling that you would do anything for a person, no matter what. Love is what turns an ordinary person into the most important person. You know you love someone when their happiness becomes more important than your own. Love is being amazing apart, but even better together.
This was hard. Honestly. Sometimes you just can’t put it into words. It’s a feeling that you have. You just know that it’s right.
"We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."
After being posed with this question and starting this post, I figured there was no better way to expand on this question than to get the opinions of others.
“Love is my mama and daddy.” – Bryson, 11 years old
“I think love is when seeing another attractive guy, that isn’t your boyfriend, doesn’t make you question if you could be with him or if he would treat you better. Love is not questioning your relationship, no matter how hard it gets. Love is fighting through the hard stuff because good things don’t come easy. Love is rewarding when you’re loyal and faithful to your partner.” – Abigail, 18 years old
“In 1 John 4:18 it states: ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.’ As in all things, Christ is the perfect example. He loved us enough that He sought out eternal wellbeing over His own life and will. So then TRUE love is something that drives to action on another’s behalf just as Christ did for us. It will cause us to put aside our own will, desire, and needs and always do whatever it takes to make those we love happy, secure, and content.” – Stephen, 40 years old
“Love is sacrifice. It is sacrificing what my flesh wants for what my girl wants. It is understanding your partners decisions and respecting them for their choices. Love is being there for them through thick and thin.” – Trey, 18 years old
“Love is the joining of two hearts. It is a formidable force that cannot be seen or touched, but can be felt; as gentle as a breeze, as warm as a fire, as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter day, as refreshing as the rain, and stronger than the wind. It starts as a small seed between two hearts and will never stop growing as long as you feed it everyday with care, selflessness, tenderness, sacrifice, and understanding. It will take you through trials, pain, grief, joy, and happiness…. two hearts growing together.” – Jane, 69 years old
“Love is liking someone and thinking they’re cute.” – Spencer, 12 years old
“I don’t think love is words at all. I think it just makes you more aware of the feeling for an instant when you say it. I think the fact that everyone’s answer on describing love is different shows that it is a feeling unique to themselves. I just know that there’s something real, and I feel like I’m not just with a person I’m infatuated with, but that I’m where I’m supposed to be.” – Seth, 19 years old
“To me, love is just a word unless someone comes along to give it meaning. It’s an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. It’s actions. Anyone can go out and buy flowers, a new outfit, candy, or jewelry — but the true meaning of love are those little things you do every day to show that you care and that you’re thinking of that person. Michael always saves his last french fry for me, and that’s love in my book. If you love something, love it completely. But most importantly, show it.” – Mary Cole, 24 years old
Throughout writing this post, I really enjoyed getting the opinions of others around me. It’s amazing to see and hear everyone’s perspective on a topic like this and to see how everyone thinks so differently, yet we all seem to be on the same page. We all interpret love in our own beautiful way.
I want to hear what you think! Agree? Disagree? Have your own quote you’d like to share? Comment below!! I want to hear!
Love is amazing, y’all!! Feel it, show it, prove it.. you deserve it!