49 thoughts on “Love

  1. My Love of Music (Revised)

    Music has been in my life ever since I was little. In the last seventeen years, I’ve grown up surrounded by it. My dad would always play his favorite songs for the rest of the family (even if we didn’t exactly want to hear it). My mom also listens to music whenever she’s in the car or cooking. Plus my sister has a background in playing piano which lead me to playing multiple instruments.
    In the last few years, my perspective of music has changed. Music isn’t just a catchy tune or somethingI have to practice anymore. It’s become an outlit for me. Almost like a little universe I can escape into. Music can create incredibly detailed worlds with realistic characters and narratives in just a few minutes. There’s something about how music can express emotion without the need for words. It’s a universal language anyone can understand.
    Playing music on the other hand, is a completely different experience. Practicing music gives me something enjoyable to focus on. Whenever I play, I forget the day for awhile because my mind is on what I’m doing. Learning different songs gives me a exciting challenge that I know I can master if I put in the right amount of effort.
    Music is a huge influence on me throught my life. It’s turned me into a more determined person who enjoyed a good challenge while at the same time, giving me break when I need it the most. My love for music is beyond words.

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    • I completely agree. Music has also been around me my entire life, and every day my passion for it continues to grow. Writing songs and singing is my way of expressing my emotions and escaping into a different world. Writing music has been such a challenge, for there is no real way to learn how to do it. It’s all in your head, and the excitement of writing a really catchy song is unexplainable. I hope you continue to play music!

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    • Even though I may not play music but I truly love it. I love listening to the different beats that can be played with different instruments. I love being able to figure out what dance works best to follow the beat. Everything about music truly is amazing, it can calm you, make you think about life or even pump you up.

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    • I have been in love with music since I was a baby! I also love memorizing melodies, learning lyrics and finding the meaning behind it all. Music gives you freedom to feel whatever you want and most times, others will feel it too. It really is a language everyone understands. I always think about a song my dad made me listen to, it was beautiful and the story behind it was amazing. If I remember correctly, it was about the Christmas Truce in 1914/1915(?). It shows how a song and holiday can really bring people together, even if just for a moment.

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    • I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. I’ve been playing guitar for almost ten years now, and there are days where I can get so caught up in practicing that what was supposed to be only a one hour practice session has actually stretched out to over three. It’s really easy and almost therapeutic to just allow yourself to get lost in the music. However, as you have mentioned, playing and practicing music can also provide a fun challenge. I always find it extremely rewarding when I am finally able to play a piece that I have been struggling to tackle for days or weeks. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts.

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  2. True Love

    I’ve always been surrounded by people who say they love me but I never understood the true meaning of love until recently. I always thought saying “I love you” was normal and no one would think anything of it, but I was wrong. Love isn’t shown when you buy something for someone or because you know the person for awhile now, but instead love is all about how you treat someone. The way that you look at someone, love is shown when you put everyone else before yourself because you want them at their best. Love can also be when you put everyone else’s needs and wants before yourself because it is more important. From all the experiences in life I’ve decided that those three words do mean a lot to me and should only be used when I truly mean it. I believe that those words are very powerful and it should be used at good times to people who truly matter to you, because when you overuse a word or a phrase to someone they’ll just believe that you use it on everyone else and they won’t think it is special and that you truly mean it. My mom always told me that I didn’t need to say “I love you” to make people happy, or to let someone know you truly do care about them but instead it all shows in the little gestures that you do for that particular someone. I believe that everyone should stop and think before they blurt those words out because it’ll make them realize that they either love the person or not.

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  3. Love is Powerful

    I feel that love is powerful. Love can bring everyone together. If we learn to love each other in the world we will always conquer the hate that people may have. We have to start with self-love so that we can share it with everyone else. It’s always important to hang around people that will help you spread love. Imagine if we all loved ourselves and could spread it? It would be so easy to take out the hate that unfortunately lives in the world. I believe we should always encourage the spread of love to others regardless of race, religion, political party, gender, etc. It does not matter who gives and receives love, it matters that everyone is giving it and receiving it. When people feel accepted and loved, they also spread love. They become better people. They want to help others and continue to spread the love. Imagine how much happier the world would be if we all learned to love ourselves and to love each other. There is so much anger in this world we live in which is fueled by hate. We can stop it by spreading the love to everyone. I learned this because my grandma and parents had always told me that love can be a beautiful thing so why not share it with others? Love is what also makes the world go round positively. Love is what allows everyone to be accepted for who they truly are, to care about others, to help others, be happy, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Let’s all learn to love ourselves and each other.

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    • I completely agree with you. Love is so much more powerful than hate. Hate is too easy to do sometimes, so people choose that rather than trying harder and loving. The world could come together way better and easier if more people chose to love. No one understands how truly powerful their words, actions, thoughts, and feelings are. We have what this world needs to make it a better place. We all need to choose to love.

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  4. I believe in the power of love. I’m not talking about the mushy love of a couple on instagram, though beautiful in its own right, it does not fully capture the essence of the word. What I am talking about is the kindness you share to a random neighbor or the gratitude towards a Grocery store worker. This love that transcends beyond the people that you “like” or “know”. This type of love can easily change the world if we humans just put down our pride and layed down even for those that won’t do the same for us. I know that this is a difficult task, most of us don’t like the idea of doing good towards others that might not do good towards us. But by that selfish logic the world will never change in all the ways we want it to. Love has so much power and with that huge responsibility. It’s up to us, the next generation, to do what no generation before us has ever really done and that is to love everyone. I don’t mean everyone that agrees with us, or everyone that likes us, or even everyone that respects us, I mean everyone; period. It doesn’t mean you have to like them or even agree with them, but you should always respect them. So if you are reading this and you get anything out of it I hope that it’s of good report. I hope that it makes you think about who you care about and love. My goal is to love everyone regardless of their opinion or what they say. It’s gonna be really difficult, but worth it in the end.

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” – Matthew 5 : 43 – 44

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    • This is a beautiful worded and thought-out definition to love. The essence of love is un-conditionality (if that is even a word). Unconditional love is the origin of the virtue. Love trumps all, even the little acts. Thank you for sharing Will. Hope you can share that love to those on campus and inspire them to do the same.

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    • William, this is absolutely beautiful. I myself am very involved in yoga and the ideas of karma and wishing well on others. This piece is inspiring and reassures me that there are still good people out there. Thank you for sharing.

      “If you ever get the chance to treat them the way they treated you, no matter how painful it was, I hope that you choose to walk away and do better.” -Najwa Zebian

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      • In the wake of recent events this was very warming to read. I often wonder what the future has in store for us and if its filled with people who can express love half as much as you can than it looks bright. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    • This was honestly so beautifuly written. I believe many people don’t know the true meaning of unconditional love. I believe true loves comes with the good and the bad, no relationship is ever perfect although the media portrays it to be. Love should be effort, communication and sacrifices. I loved this!

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  5. Second chances are not for everyone.
    I believe that not everyone deserves second chances. If you are in a relationship and your partner is not kind to you or did some really messed up things then they do not deserve a second chance. If they ruined that relationship by in anyway physically, mentally, or emotionally abusing you and they try to walk back into your life, I recommend listening to your favorite song and jam out to being single. Being single might suck if you just came out of a relationship but trust me hunny, you’ll feel better knowing that the pressure and pain from your partner isn’t there. On a deeper level, say if your parent(s) left you when you were young and they want to be back in your life. You don’t have to tell them you want them back in your life.. If you really wanted to you can tell them where to go and how to get there (nicely). Let’s just put this whole little blurb into a short sentence or two. If the connection was toxic and the toxic person asks for a second chance, don’t do it because it will hurt you more than them. If the connection was good and just had a rough edge, go ahead and take the chance. Just make sure you listen to your gut before you go off and take a chance. Your heart and head are dangerous together so the only thing safe to trust are your instincts 🙂 All of these examples were from my very own experience.

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  6. This past February, I had the chance to travel to Tanzania, Africa with my school for a community service trip. The experience was a massive culture shock for all of us that went on the trip. During the 11 days that we were staying in Tanzania, I was able to pick up on a lot of things that were different from what I was used to, like the way the community lived and how they operated.

    For our community service, our group did three main things to help the community. These three things were digging and filling the foundation to build a new school for the children, doing a two mile water walk, and covering the outside of a locals house to insulate it. While digging everyday was hard work for us, the local people were able to do it much faster, without the use of proper tools. Although many of us complained walking 2 miles with gallons of water on our backs, the mamas of the village did this multiple times a day with no questions asked. Lastly, my whole group thought that it was disgusting to be rubbing cow dung (poop) on the outside of a house, the people, who are lucky enough to have a home, have to do this monthly to keep cool.

    During my stay, I had one main take away: the people of Tanzania are fueled by love. Constantly accumulating purchases of the next best phone, new clothes, or new video game, I believe that most people in the United States, including myself, are materialistic. The group stayed at a community that could not afford large, luxurious houses, an iPhone, or even clean-flowing water. Everything we take for granted, things we expect to be there, were absent in this community. Yet, I realized this community was closer than any other group of people I have met, they were always happy. Whether it was singing or dancing with each other, love was always in the air. It was such a different atmosphere from the United States, which just seems to be filled with hate constantly. I think all of us as a society believe that these expensive things will make us happy, but in reality it’s the opposite. We are all trying to out-do everyone, especially on social media, which is leading to much higher rates of depression among our generation. The kids in Africa do not have any of this, they have each other. I believe that we need to be fueled by love, instead of relying on materials to make us happy.

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    • I agree. Today, most people are always on their devices and get distracted from focusing on their loved ones and friends. People have become dependent on these devices to even find out information that could of been taught to them by their parents, but were too busy to care. It’s interesting how much we are given here without even noticing while others suffer to meet the basic requirements for survival, but yet those who do suffer all help each other out while we do, but to an extent. I hope we can learn to be more neighborly and be kinder to one another.

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    • Ryan, I could not agree more with your belief. I myself take things for granted too often and do not appreciate the love I have in my life. I’m too focused on the things that I want rather than appreciating what I already have. Hearing about your experience with these amazing people in Tanzania is so encouraging to love one another and be happy by our relationships rather than materials.

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  7. My Love for Love

    The topic of love is very dear to me, being that the love from everyone around me has encouraged me to work so hard to be the person that I am today. Love can come in many shapes, sizes and forms and bring about a whole rainbow of reactions from different people. For example, love can cause you to find new interests or develop deeper connections. Love can fuel your drive to make the people who shower you with warmth and care proud, and in our darkest times love can be a beautiful shield to give us encouragement and wipe away our tears. My greatest source of love comes from my family and friends. My Mom and Dad, who give me the strength to not only love others but myself as well. My younger brother, who makes me laugh and see the lighter side of a tough situation. My older brother, who is no longer with us but still taught me early on that love is not only a thing to receive, but to give as well. My friends love me for who I am, faults and all, and I love them for who they are as well. We support each other wholeheartedly in things that alone could be very hard for us to do, but together becomes one hundred times easier. Love of course can be found in other things, like reading, writing, arts, sports, etc., because in essence, love is what we find in our lives to make ourselves better. In short, I don’t think it is incorrect to say that love is what makes the world go round.

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  8. Karime DaSilva

    True Love

    People might not know what true love truly means. They say you have a true love when your partner can stand with you in your bad days, but no, true love is when your lover can stand to see your happiness. They say true love holds you but in fact true love frees you from yourself, showing a freedom that you didn’t even know it existed. Making you believe that spending a lifetime loving is still little to be enough. I believe that true love withstands any kind of challenges and defeats. True love is not shown in vultures but in defeat. When you find true love you don’t expect the person to make you happy, you want to make your partner is happy. Some people believe that the more you love, the more jealous you are, but indeed true love wants it to be like a hummingbird, experiencing the most flavors life can give. It is believed that the more time together, the more love you will feel. However, I believe it is not about how long you are together, but about how deep is the chemistry. True love is not the love that feeds on affection and kisses, but it’s the one who endures renunciation and can live in homesickness. No matter how painful the choices you have to face, true love never wears out. The more you give the more you have. You don’t know when love just because you have so much to write or where to draw inspiration from, you know when it’s true love when you no longer know what to write.

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    • This is so beautiful! I feel pretty much the exact same way about everything you wrote. I feel like everyone gets love confused these days and don’t know what it really is.

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  9. My perspective of love has changed drastically over the four years I was in high school. Before I started high school, I thought you could only feel love for your family and someone you were in a relationship with. Through most of my freshman year I still felt the same way. I cared for people but I didn’t see it as anything else. By the end I had joined my school’s track and field team as a thrower. I was usually quiet in sports because I most of my friends didn’t do them. As I result I usually was able to fly under the radar; however, that didn’t happen this time. One of the seniors, the throwing captain, noticed that I was really quiet and went out of her way to make sure I was included. She always said ‘hi’ to me in the hall and would stand and cheer for runners with my during the down time at our meets. She was one of the first friends that I had made through sports. By the end of the season, I felt like I was part of the track community and I was extremely excited for the next year. When the next year did come around a girl in my grade joined the throwers. We didn’t know each other very well but we slowly became friends. She was very outgoing and like the year before, our small group of throwers became very close. I don’t know when it happened but at some point in the season I realize I loved my teammates. It wasn’t a romantic love by any means and it wasn’t the same love I felt for my family. It was it’s own, new feeling, that I hadn’t experienced before. I saw each of them as a combination of a teammate, friend, and family. I wasn’t the best at expressing my emotions but I wanted them to know how much they so I started jokingly saying “I love you” to everyone and they started saying it back and to each other. We became a lot closer the next year. We didn’t have much change in the team, only losing one graduating senior. But the following year most of the throwers graduated and many of rookies joined. The bond was quickly reestablished but this time it was different. The love wasn’t missing but it had changed again. I don’t know if the rookies felt it, but both the other girl in my grade and myself felt a proud love for the team. We watched them grow from the first day of practice that year to the last meet. We watched them fail and get back up again. Our saying that year became “drive safe”. Even if someone took the bus or got driven home they didn’t leave practice without hearing it. We said it because we wanted to show someone that we cared in our own way.
    Love has many forms. Love has the power to bring someone both joy and despair. I believe that the best way to make a better future is to care more about other people. Showing that you care or that you’re thinking of them. It might not mean much to you but it could mean the world to them whether it’s holding the door or saying ‘hello’.

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  10. The right person isn’t always the one you like the most. It isn’t always the one you find most attractive and it isn’t always the one you have the most in common with. The right person for you to trust and love through your many or few years to come, despite all their flaws which you manage to love so deeply as well, is the person who gives you a spark. When you see, hear, or touch someone and you feel a spark inside of yourself which you’ve never felt before, a spark which can be explained by none other than your brain speaking to your nerves, and comes deep from your soul, that is how you know you’ve found the one. But you may be wondering: why it is still, despite all the aforementioned context, so hard to find love? And although there are many reasons why, one word stands out perfectly above all else: symmetry. Although you may see someone and feel this special spark, it is a terrible reality that there is such a small chance that when that person looks back at you, they’re willing to give you everything inside of them, hold you dear to their heart, and mutually accept this wonderful spark.

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  11. The Power of a Heartbreak

    Love is something magical that everyone will come across at some point in their life but no one talks about the agonizing pain of heartbreak that follows that love around, hiding and creeping in the shadows. In some ways heartbreak is more powerful than love in the fact that we only learn the true meaning of love after we’ve succumbed to the pain of a heartbreak. I believe that with each heartbreak a person endures; whether it be from a significant other, a close relative or friend, or even a beloved pet; we learn a lesson that will shape us into the person we become in the future. My first real heartbreak was caused by my first love, we’d known each other since we were twelve years old. The love I had and felt for them was raw, neither of us knew what love really was and when it came to an end it was an extremely raw pain. That pain taught me how to be more confident in myself and to speak my mind freely. It made me understand how I should be treated in the future. The second was blood-borne, losing a close family member is something I had never thought about before until that day that I had a chance to say goodbye and “ I love you” and never did. The guilt and sorrow that I carry with myself every single day will never disappear. I learned that lesson the hard way, that I should never leave anyone I care about without telling them how much they mean to me because you never know what’s going to happen. The third was recently, my best friend of thirteen years passed away. He was our beloved family pet and whenever I was sad or having a bad day he would cheer me up. Losing him tore me apart and I can’t say for sure that I’m okay but even though he isn’t her right now he is still teaching me important lessons in life. Although he was a dog he was always happy and seeing the bright parts of life, he taught me to be positive in all situations even though they might not turn out how we planned. I loved all three of them in a different way and with that no heartbreak was ever the same, they all taught me different lessons that I’m never going to forget.

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  12. I believe in love. We live in a world filled with extraordinary people. Everyone we’ve met has a unique story made by a series of unique experiences that make them so incredibly rare. Through these experiences, different characters are created. It’s too easy to get caught up in some of the bad parts of life and to spend too much time being angry. I believe that there is not enough love in the world. We fall in love with characters introduced to us in movies and on T.V., but we forget to love each other. I’m not talking about the kind of love we see in these movies or hear about in fairytales, I’m talking about the sincerity in appreciating one another for the beings that we are. For example, I love X because she is always smiling when I see her no matter what’s going on, I love X because he always carries snacks just in case someone gets hungry, I love X because they know what to say when I need advice. I believe that in each quality of a person, there is something to love. Unfortunately, not everyone sees things in this same way. If we took a minute to step back and to open our hearts, I believe that we could admire each other for who we are. We could love the people around us if for nothing else, then for their singularity.

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  13. I believe that love is one of the most important things that people can have. This is one of the last things I expected myself to write about. Growing up, I would cringe when people talked about love. In my mind love was the thing in teen movies where the guy and the girl discovered that they liked each other. Now I think I understand that love is so much more than that moment in a movie. Love is so many different things. Spending this summer with my friends has put such a wide smile on my face. I’ve known some of my friends for twelve years and it still my brightens my day whenever I am with them, even if it is just for an hour. The thought of being away from them pulls at my heartstrings, but then I remember they’re going on their own path. Love is wanting those close to you to succeed even if you cannot witness it in person. You want them to be happy. When I travel miles and miles away just to go see my cousins for a week, I am filled with complete and utter happiness. It doesn’t have to be a person. It can be a place. The land in Canada is so beautiful that when I first get there I just gaze at it. Every time I am away, I want nothing more than to be back. Those are all what love feels like. We all need love in a time that seems to be full of such sorrow because it can bring us happiness even if it’s just for a second.

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  14. I’ve always thought about my beliefs but never thought about sharing them with people who I may not know. I usually keep this belief to myself, because not everyone may believe in it the way I do. Some people get mad at those they care about and don’t think that they could lose that person tomorrow, but I feel differently about this. I believe in telling those you care about how you feel even on bad terms. You never know when you’re going to lose someone or when the last time you’ll talk to them. The thought of leaving on bad terms with someone close to me was something I could never bear with. Once I realized that I felt this way I decided from that moment on that I would always make sure those I love know I love them and that I care about them. I also believe to tell others how I feel about them because you never know what’s going on in their head and how saying you care about them can make their day. What started this belief was having so many people who I care about, and realizing that they can all be gone without any notice. In some ways my belief may seem a little dark, that I’m thinking of losing the ones I love, but I don’t look at it that way. I look at my belief as it truly is, making sure the people around you feel appreciated and cared about.

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    • I totally agree with what you had to say about love Hailee. I always believe in telling people how you feel about them no matter the circumstances. I always believe in telling people how I feel because I never know what could happen at any given day. You did a great job on explaining your point of view that I 100% agree with! I always want people to know how I feel about them and know they are loved and appreciated!

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  15. If there is one thing I believe in, it is eternal love. It is the most powerful thing known to man. It is a love so strong it lasts a lifetime. Love can bring out the best and worst in people, capable of both starting wars and ending them. Growing up I knew what it felt like to be loved and to love, but it wasn’t until I meant my significant other that I really understood the extent of a deeper, romantic love. My parents love me unconditionally and want to see me succeed but it wasn’t until I met my significant other that I realized a deeper love existed. To fall in love is amazing! Not only do you feel emotionally and physically attached and connected to that person, you know your life wouldn’t be the same without them. When I met that special person, my entire life got better. Obviously love has its ups and downs but that’s only because when you care about someone that much, your feelings are bound to be hurt. Most of the time love prevails through your bad days. For as many bad days you have, good days are sure to follow. After three years I am still madly in love with her. That is how I know it’s real. Through thick and thin we will always be there supporting one another, believing in one another, and growing together. This is why I believe in love.

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    • This is so beautiful, my eyes began to water. I wish there were more people out there that believed in love. Now a days people get into relationships just to be in one not because they love the person. It is hard to find love in this generation because everyone has their priorities mixed up. I’m glad you found your significant other, everyone deserves to find love and happiness.

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  16. The real meaning of love

    The love that is portrayed in books and movies unfortunately is not the true depiction of love. Love is one of the greatest things any person can encounter, but it is not the same for everyone. A person you love is a person that you can open up to and feel the most comfortable with without doubting if you would be judged in any way. A person you love is someone you would also call a best friend, knowing that they would do the same. Love is not always easy, there are rough patches with no matter who you love. But, when you truly love someone those rough patches become a small bump in your long journey together. When you are truly loved by someone, their are no more insecurities or flaws because you feel unconditional love where the little things don’t matter anymore. I believe in true love and finding the right person to spend the rest of your life with, and I also believe that when that person comes, you will know if that is them. I hope everyone finds their true love and that everyone will find the person that makes them the happiest and most loved. Everyone deserves love, everyone deserves a person who loves them for who they are and wants to spend the rest of your life continuing to show their meaning of love.

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  17. “My Love For Dance” by Javan McBride-Bey

    My love for dance has always been apart of me for as long as I can remember. Throughout my eighteen years, I’ve noticed an increase of hip-hop dance from people when I used to watch videos of boys and girls dancing from the 1970s to the 2010s. I would listen to my dad about when he used to dance when he was younger, and watch my mom closely as she teaches my little brother and I dance routines for our church. I also have a few family members from both sides of my parent’s families who used to dance when they were younger and or still dance until this day.
    Within the last five years, I realized that dance is not just a way to entertain people or to do for show. Dance is another way for me to express my feelings and emotions to where I have no limit. When I am dancing, I am in my own little world like noone is watching, and I can dance however I feel like my heart desires. Dance can create a way to entertain, make others believe in the greatness, or inspire those who want to become a better dancer than they already are.
    When dancing, I am given a chance and opportunity to show who I truly am as a person, and to also show what my true talent is. Dancing is a way for me to relax and let out all of my stress and any type of negative emotion that I may be feeling. It also expresses my positive emotions whenever I’m in the best of moods. Dancing is my passion and my way of being the only true me that I can be, meaning that I am proud to be who I am as a dancer and a human being. Learning new dances gives me ways to challenge myself and become a better individual as I get older.
    Dance is a very huge part of my life. I feel like I am more of a determined person who enjoys a challenge and is ready to experience new things everyday while at the same time, giving me a chance to find and understand myself. My love for dance will always be my best feature because it has shown me to become a better version of myself.

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  18. Love is a big word that’s very important but often overused by society. I believe the word “Love” has rules and regulations that often changes through out the years. Now a days people want what’s on the internet which is the publicity and the views. Love hurts not just in relationships but in friendships, family ect. It hurts because it comes with pain and disappointment , everyone goes through pain and disappointment. All my mom wants it to be loved unconditionally by her mom but she has a favoritism toward my aunt and made my mom feel left out . Not having that love towards your daughter causes her to not know how to love or who to love. For example she stayed with my dad for 12 years and he cheated on her , left her for other women and my mom still took him back. She felt like she couldn’t find no one to be there for her when she wakes up. He would act like he loved her give her advice uses quotes like ” it’s always going to be you and me forget your mom” which made her feel secured which also made her self not believe that he was cheating. Eventually she left him cause at the same time you can only take so much. She stayed with him he didn’t want people on Facebook to say anything , which is a big problem for people in my generation now, they want what celebrities have online instead of actually having that love for someone that want it so people online could be like ” you guys are cute”, “Goals” ” I need something like y’all” . Behind closed doors you’re going through it and this is where the word pain comes ,the word i was talking about earlier. Pain will always be apart of love it’s something you go through when you have REAL feelings with someone but if you can get through it you will last, but if you can’t the best thing for you to do is let them go. Pain is only temporary it’s never forever because i promise you in 5 years all the pain you are going through right now won’t even matter. If you can’t handle the pain the best thing you need to do is leave, do not stay worried about what people have to say on the internet . At the end of the day you can’t worry about someone who brings you pain and worry about what’s best for you. Love will always over power you do things you may not want to do but you will have to fight it.

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  19. Love is a complex thing to understand because even when we think we grasp the basic understanding of it, it switches and surprises you in a million new ways. As we go through life, the word love begins to hold a much deeper meaning and is experienced in numerous forms. It is expressed through a variety of different actions and words. Different forms of love exist. There is the romantic kind of love, the type of love that you have for a family member or your best friend. Or even the dog you see walking down the street and a bunch of other forms of love that I haven’t quite experienced yet but I know are out there. Although each individual person can define and express love differently, it is safe to assume that at some point, although different for each person, the meaning of love changes throughout our life.

    I believe the way someone perceives love throughout their life roots from childhood and how mommy and daddy loved them. You knew mom loved you when you lay your head on her lap and she rubbed your head. Or how about when daddy offered to play catch with you? That’s love. When you got a paper cut and your mom rushed over to kiss your finger. That’s love. When they talk to you about boys and relationships or teach you how to shave for the first time. That’s love. If this is something that is absent in your childhood, your perception of love can be different compared to everyone else at the same stage in life. If you relate, guess what? Me too. I grew up with a drug addicted father who I never got the chance to meet and a mother who was absent throughout my childhood. This situation created an angry child, who didn’t believe in love. My parents broke my heart before any other person had the chance to.

    Don’t get me wrong, I was blessed with some people in my life who would show me love, but I was incapable of showing the love back because I held bitterness in my heart where love was supposed to be. I didn’t let anyone in. With every new disappointment, a new brick was added to this wall that I was building around my heart. It reached the point where the wall was too big for me to even see over.

    At this point, you’re probably like okay this story is really depressing. Well, it gets better. Trust me.

    So all this is happening and you think that life will always be like this. You’ll always be incapable of loving someone and will continue to push out the people who care for you. You look for love in the wrong people or wrong things, often times putting yourself into toxic situations or surround yourself with people you know aren’t good for you because you don’t know what love is and after all, you’re not good enough to actually be loved. You learned that at a young age. But then, something changes and you meet someone who flips your world upside down and makes you forget all that hurt that you felt. They teach you what love is and show you how capable of loving and being loved you are. And you learn to not blame yourself for the lack of love you were given and instead show you that the “weakness” you felt, was actually strength and made you into an independent person. You realize that you should allow those situations to make you better, never bitter. You learn that you need to love yourself first, before trying to find love anywhere else. You get a new definition and perception of love. This time, a more accurate one.

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    • I absolutely love this story. It does not only show your struggle but it also shows that you overcame it. I’m so happy that wall didn’t stop you from being able to share that feeling with someone. I feel as though everyone in the world should be able to feel this feeling at least once in their life. Also, sometimes it is okay to love the wrong people whether it’s friends, significant others, etc. because in the end, it’s a lesson, you learn from this and make yourself stronger and more aware of what love truly means to you. I also agree that love does come in many different forms and that you have to love yourself before you can love others. This is extremely true, if you are not capable of loving yourself then it will be extremely hard to try and recuperate that feeling for someone else. I feel as though now in this generation that word is just thrown around although it is not meant, which is sad in a way. But lastly, it’s important that everyone knows they are loved in some way, shape, or form.

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  20. As a little girl I dreamt of meeting my prince charming and living happily ever after. In the short amount of time I’ve lived on this earth I have encountered all sorts of social situations, being in love wasn’t one of them. Growing up I thought I wasn’t good enough since nobody asked me to be their girlfriend. When I entered 6th grade I assumed it was my time, but prince charming never came. Little did I know he would come stumbling into my life years later. My prince is more than I ever could’ve asked for. He has taught me what true love is for myself and others. True love is more than just holding hands or spending time with someone. True love is looking at someone, no matter what state they are in, and accepting them for who they are. When times get tough he doesn’t walk away. He stays to help me pick up the pieces. Even when I hit rock bottom he’s there with an outstretched hand to pull me back up again. My heart is young and so am I but this feeling, this love, is more real than any romance movie you could watch on Netflix or any romance novel you could read. Time and time again I’ve heard people say you can be too young to be in love or too young to even know what love is. If your heart is open to opportunity then anything could happen. Don’t let others determine what love means to you. Love is not a one size fits all T-shirt.

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  21. Love has always been a hard word for me to understand. Love to me seems like a word that is overused in a way of hate and happiness. Love can make your stomach give you butterflies or make you sick to your stomach. I have always been taught that saying “I love you” is a very strong phrase. It can be overused or just not said at all. Love is warmth, affection, comfort, red. Love can be the reason why someone is happy and upset. I learned that loving someone can be the hardest thing. Love can also be the most heart warming, and vibrant feeling. Love can be the reason why someones hurting. Love is the connection between the two. In my life a lot of people have shown me fake and real love. I didn’t know at a young age love can be used in many ways. As I’m older now I see that love can be portrayed in many ways. Love is one word with one meaning, but love can make you feel multiple ways. Love has made me feel like a rollercoaster. Love has made me feel stronger about myself, when things were going down love was their to pick me up. It feels warm, soft, delicate when love was there. Love told me that it was okay to grow, and show the world my knowledge. Love is a feeling of caring, when no one else doesn’t. Love is my mom, the person that helped me understand the meaning of love.

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  22. I love people.

    Ever since I was young, I have grown up surrounded by an incredibly large, loving group of family and friends. Saying “I love you” was an everyday occurrence in my household, and there was no period of time when I would be embarrassed while kissing a family member in front of my friends. My parents have poured their love into my upbringing from a young age, and I can see in hindsight that the way they raised me was incredibly intentional. When I was very young, both my mom and my dad did their best to drill into me the idea that being different from others is okay, and so I have lived my life with that idea in mind, and it has helped me spectacularly. They also established that I was capable of and free to pursue whatever I wanted to as a profession, with the only condition being that I love what I do, that I live out my passions. At 18 years old, I am able to better reflect and appreciate everything that they have done for me, as well as understand their actions in the present better. Every time one of my parents may become angry or frustrated at me, I am able to see past that anger, to realize that they are not being angry for the sake of anger itself, but out of love (and in that respect, my parents are very helpful, as they typically explain to me why they felt the way they did after cooling down.)

    Throughout the course of my life (and high school in particular,) many of my closest friends have dealt with some kind of trauma, whether it be broken families, the loss of loved ones, or other situations, and I have felt as if there had to be a reason why so many people who have been hurt in various ways were drawn to me in particular, and after thinking about it over the course of a long period of time, I believe that the answer is that I have a great amount of love and compassion for people in general. Due to the way I was raised, I’ve developed a kind of intrinsic love for people that causes me to want to know them on a deeper level, to truly empathize with people. I make a joke sometimes that I feel as if I am a kind of therapist to some of my friends, but it really fulfills me to make a difference, however small, in the lives of others. I tell my friends, “If you are feeling bad or have something weighing down on your mind, don’t ever be afraid to call me.” Most people don’t listen, or feel that they’d be inconveniencing me, but I genuinely enjoy talking to others about their troubles. I have grown up with so much love around me, and so I want to let everyone who isn’t aware that such love exists in the world just how amazing the love I’ve experienced can be. With that in mind, every day I live my life trying my best to understand others and to love them to the best of my abilities.

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  23. “It is the desire to preserve life which fuels the light inside you. And make no mistake, it is light… don’t think about your light as a means of destroying evil, but as a way to protect the people of Remnant.”
    -Maria Calavera, RWBY

    When I look at the darkness, evil, and hate in the world, I remember this line. Taken out of RWBY’s fantasy setting, these words still ring true. We may have not a “light” that can slay monsters, but we have love. It’s so easy to get lost in the hate that surrounds us. It’s so easy to lose hope and just give up. To quote the song, “The Descent” by the English indie-pop band Bastille, “it’s the easiest thing in the world to be that cynical.”

    When others spit in your face, when they stomp on your dreams, when they spew nothing but bile, how can we possibly show them love? Their hate is infectious. It’s suffocating. Lashing back will only kindle their fire. They would love to see us wilt in the flames. No, we must set our own fire. Burn them with kindness and love. Love in the face of evil is hard, so what can we do to show it?

    I don’t pretend to know, but I have an idea. Say someone insults you. Instead of throwing back another insult, reply with “Why? Why do you enjoy hurting me?” This shows you respect that they are a person and have feelings too. You’re appealing to their humanity. You give them a choice: have compassion and maintain your humanity, or become a loveless monster. I’ll leave you with one more quote, this time from the song, “Pray” by the rock/hip-hop band Flobots:

    “Speak truth to your neighbor
    For we are all members of one body
    Be angry and sin not
    Do not let the sun go down on your wrath
    Nor give place to the devil
    Our weapon will not be righteousness
    Our tool will be humanity.”

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  24. “It is the desire to preserve life which fuels the light inside you. And make no mistake, it is light… don’t think about your light as a means of destroying evil, but as a way to protect the people of Remnant.”
    -Maria Calavera, RWBY

    When I look at the darkness, evil, and hate in the world, I remember this line. Taken out of RWBY’s fantasy setting, these words still ring true. We may have not a “light” that can slay monsters, but we have love. It’s so easy to get lost in the hate that surrounds us. It’s so easy to lose hope and just give up. To quote the song, “The Descent” by the British indie-pop band Bastille, “it’s the easiest thing in the world to be that cynical.”

    When others spit in your face, when they stomp on your dreams, when they spew nothing but bile, how can we possibly show them love? Their hate is infectious. It’s suffocating. Lashing back will only kindle their fire. They would love to see us wilt in the flames. No, we must set our own fire. Burn them with kindness and love. Love is hard, so what can we do to show it?

    I don’t pretend to know, but I have an idea. Say someone insults you. Instead of throwing back another insult, reply with “Why? Why do you enjoy hurting me?” This shows you respect that they are a person and have feelings too. You’re appealing to their humanity. You give them a choice: have compassion and maintain your humanity, or become a loveless monster. I’ll leave you with one more quote, this time from the song, “Pray” by the rock/hip-hop band Flobots:

    “Speak truth to your neighbor
    For we are all members of one body
    Be angry and sin not
    Do not let the sun go down on your wrath
    Nor give place to the devil
    Our weapon will not be righteousness
    Our tool will be humanity.”

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  25. I believe that love has effects like a drug. People love the feeling of being loved and also loving others. I am comparing love to a drug because of the similarities of how a drug makes you feel and how love makes you feel. Love can make you forget about what’s going on around you. There is a famous saying that love makes you blind. Drugs can make you unaware of what is happening around you just as much as love does. Love gives you this sense of happiness that sometimes is temporary and then when it goes away you feel very low. Drugs give you a high and makes you feel wonderful for a period of time but eventually the high goes away making you not feel so great after and that’s when you are at you’re low. People do things that they probably wouldn’t do while being in love just as someone who is on drugs. Some people are so dependent on their significant other that their significant others love becomes what they need to live their everyday life. Being dependent on someone is never good and you have to be your own person while loving your significant other because at the end of the day if that person leaves you, you will feel lost and will not know what to do with yourself and late realized you have wasted your precious time. Unfortunately there are people addicted to drugs who are dependent on it for a good time or a good feeling. At the end of the day that person dependent on drugs will not know what to do or what to feel when they can no longer get the same high or feel the same as they used to. When people go through heartbreak they try to find the same things that they saw in their ex in other people as a drug addict will try to find the same high from different drugs. Ive been through love and heartbreak that has felt exactly what I described. I lost myself in a relationship and I eventually had to build myself up. I had to rediscover myself and better myself for new relationships to come.

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  26. The real meaning of true love

    The love that is portrayed in books and movies unfortunately is not the true depiction of love. Love is one of the greatest things any person can encounter, but it is not the same for everyone. A person you love is a person that you can open up to and feel the most comfortable with without doubting if you would be judged in any way. A person you love is someone you would also call a best friend, knowing that they would do the same. Love is not always easy, there are rough patches with no matter who you love. But, when you truly love someone those rough patches become a small bump in your long journey together. When you are truly loved by someone, their are no more insecurities or flaws because you feel unconditional love where the little things don’t matter anymore. Being loved and spreading that love with others is the best feeling for anyone. At least for me, I believe in true love and finding the right person to spend the rest of your life with, and I also believe that when that person comes, you will know if that is them. I hope everyone finds their true love and that everyone will find the person that makes them the happiest and most loved. There is a special person out their for everyone, you just have to find your way to them and get ready for the journey ahead. Everyone deserves love, everyone deserves a person who loves them for who they are and wants to spend the rest of your life continuing to show their meaning of love.

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    • I do believe that love is something worth finding and when you find it with the right person it is the best feeling you can ever have. Love isn’t endless unless you work for it. Trust me it is worth the work!

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  27. Love, Actually.

    When the average person thinks of the word “love,” a partnership may come to mind. While relationships are powerful, I personally believe the most fulfilling love lies in the small acts of kindness and childlike wonder that individuals may unknowingly practice every day. Love manifests itself in many small micro-expressions. For example: giving a compliment to a stranger, watching the sun set, practicing something you’re interested in, going for a walk, sharing your possessions, etc. These small acts of love to yourself and to others make outward expressions of affection more valuable.
    The feeling that romantic love evokes will most likely change throughout one’s lifetime based on their experiences. Trauma and manipulation can alter one’s capacity for healthy relationships. However, the joy that self love brings is arguably consistent. Ultimately, one can only rely on their perception of themselves, which changes the way they interact with their environment.
    Practicing love is not an easy task. An appreciation for yourself, others, and your surroundings is necessary. True love is not depicted in movies – many people mistake this for infatuation. In reality, it is very difficult to maintain a healthy relationship if the only connection between two people is physical attraction. Love is an unspoken feeling of understanding, trust, and respect. Without self love and small acts of kindness from both parties, (regardless of gender), a relationship cannot thrive. All forms of love are necessary when cultivating romance, but self actualizing love is necessary regardless of relationship status.

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  28. Love is something most high school students think they experience, they give up everything for that one person who they think is going to be in their life forever. Although 9 out of 10 times that is not the case, the way the mainstream media portrays “High School Sweethearts” has given us that false image from a young age. Personally I know how that feels, putting your relationship before everything, and holding onto the hope that it will last forever, and when it does not having tons of regrets. Missing out on time with your friends, having them distract you when you should be focussing on your studies, and many more toxic things that could hurt you or your future in the long run. Although many of those things are bad, I think learning these things in high school, can benefit you to not make the same mistakes in college. High school is an important time in your life, but it is a time to make mistakes and learn from them. Maybe your past loves ruined some high school memories, but I did learn some important lessons to help me throughout life. I learned that no one is more important than your education, and to always put yourself first in life. No one is going to be in your life forever except yourself, so you must hold yourself to the highest standard and put yourself first. It does not matter if you think you are in love with someone at 18, it matters that you accomplish all of your goals, and become someone you are proud of.

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  29. Love is more than just a word. People throw it around too much that sometimes it feels like it has no meaning at all. Love is more than someone just saying the words “I love you.” It’s them checking in on you. Them telling you to get home safe. Someone going out of their way for you. Those three words don’t have to be said to prove that there’s love. Love brings people together. If a few people love the same band, then they can come together and love that band. Love is the starting to friendships and life long bonds. Love overpowers hate in every way. If more people decided to love rather than to hate this world could solve many problems a lot faster and easier. When a person chooses love over hate, they are choosing what’s better for the world. There is no limit to love, because love doesn’t have any limits. It doesn’t care who or where you are it will find you. That’s why I think movies portray love as such a magical thing because really, it is. Being able to love has taught me so many different things. I would rather overlove than not love enough. Every person’s idea of love is different. I don’t think that if I walked up to two different people on the street that they would have the same meaning of love, but that’s what makes it even more important. Love has no language, it has no rule book.

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  30. I believe that acts of kindness go an extremely long way and can change an entire person’s perspective. Everyone struggles in their lives from time to time and it is so important to be kind to one another because you never know what someone else is going through. If someone is sitting alone at lunch, introduce yourself. If someone is feeling off that day, give them a compliment. Most acts of kindness only take about a minute to do and can immediately change a person’s mood. This past month I was running errands at a grocery store and trying to quickly grab what I needed and head out because I had a busy rest of the day. As I was about to leave an aisle, a lady grabbed my attention by calling out to me. She asked, “I know you don’t work here, but you’re a lot taller than I am and I was wondering if you were able to grab that bottle on the top shelf for me?” Immediately I helped and was happy to be able to do something for her even though she was a complete stranger. While I handed her the bottle, she thanked me and said “this is how I meet such wonderful people in this world. Thank you for being so kind.” Her words shocked me. I did something so simple, yet so helpful to someone who needed it. Not only did it affect the woman’s life, but it affected my own. It felt good to be willing to reach out and to see her positive reaction, knowing that I was responsible for helping her continue her day. I had the ability to do something so appreciated with such little time and effort. Being kind to others is something that I believe is so simple yet inspiring and that we should choose to be kind whenever we get the chance.

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