114 thoughts on “Love

  1. I believe that everybody deserves to be loved. In this day in age, many people are swarmed with negativity. We all see this first hand, especially in high school. I decided to change that, and my mission was to spread love and positivity throughout my school. I decided to write stacks of sticky notes, filled with positive quotes and comments, and place them on random students’ lockers. A flood of little yellow sticky notes as far as the eye could see of love and positivity.
    Students start entering school at promptly 7:00 am, so in order to conceal my identity, I arrived at school at 6:30 am and made sure that all the sticky notes were placed before the sea of students came through.
    I did this at least five times throughout this past school year. Whispers of “who did this” or “I love this” filled the air. The hallway transformed from a group of tired, gloomy students to a group of happy and vibrant students. Some even hung the sticky notes in their locker, to remind them to always stay positive.
    Being loved and positive is such an important part of living our lives. It’s the key ingredient to a happy life and a life worth living. If we each pass on a little love and positivity to someone every day, the world could flourish into a more happy place.

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    • My high school did something similar to this and did it once a year, but it was run by a teacher.

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    • I love this post because I couldn’t agree more with you, Sophia Costa. I also believe that being loved is such an important part of our lives and that we should spread it all around to those who are in need of it. It makes this world a better place.

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      • I really appreciate that you did something like this for your school. At my school, the underclassmen did this for my senior year and at the time I thought it was such a cute and thoughtful idea. I think that doing small things like this can really turn someone’s bad day into a positive one. Overall, great post and continue to spread that peace and love.

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    • My school did something like this too but it was run by a school group and covered every locker. Being loved and showing kindness truly does change the atmosphere and people’s moods.

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    • I remember doing this exact same thing a few times.There’s so much power in random kindness. Keep spreading love!

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    • Sopia! This is honestly so amazing, your actions truly made a difference in many of those students lives. Spreading positivity and love in the most simplest way. You’re awesome!

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    • I love this! It’s always nice to hear about someone spreading love and positivity. I wish my school did something like this. It would brighten up everyones day.

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    • My school did a similar project to this and I definitely think sharing positivity makes such an impact on your own and everyone around you in such a great way.

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    • I love this wonderful gesture you did. You probably brightened up days of so many people. Things like this, the little things in life, are what make it all worthwhile. Really enjoyed reading this!

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    • The fact that you took initiative and spread a positive message is amazing! Congratulations and I truly believe that you will become a great leader in the future!

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    • There was one person at my high school who would do this and I even saved all the sticky notes that I received. Seeing the lockers covered in sticky notes made everyone’s day a little brighter. I love this so much and I definitely think this is what most people need, a little positivity and encouragement.

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    • I love this! I think it is so important to realize that the small things really do matter. Whether it’s complimenting someone’s outfit, helping someone carry a heavy bag, or even putting a sticky note on their locker; all these small acts of kindness make a huge difference. Even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal, it will probably make somebody’s whole day.

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    • I absolutely love how you did this! Such a simple way to spread positivity and to show love. I agree that with a little more love and positivity this world can be a better place, and I think that it’s important to always make a difference in every situation that we can.

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    • I couldn’t agree more! Being loved is so important! That’s awesome for you, to have done something in your school about it! I would’ve loved to have done something like that.

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    • This is so well written and i love this idea! I wish that more people could be this friendly and caring to others because you never know what such a small gesture like this could do to another person! You’re awesome!

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    • This is a great idea because not only does everyone feel loved, but also appreciated. School can be a very toxic environment but this brought a little light to everyone’s lives.

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    • Someone in my high school also did this same wonderful gesture you did and it definitely made a positive change in the atmosphere every morning. Coming to school 7am on a gloomy Monday morning wasn’t, always the best but been treated by such positive and loving quotes and notes definitely brightened up everyone’s day. God bless you for doing this and making someone ‘s day in the morning.

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    • My Faith in Love

      “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud; it doesn’t dishonor others. It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

      If I were to design an honest blueprint that depicted my spirit, to reference any one religious affiliation would be illusive. I do not subscribe to the beliefs or practices of any one religion as my uncertainty often conquers my faith. However, I have faith in love.

      Love comes naturally to the human heart and is understood by persons of every creed, race and background despite language, educational and cultural barriers. It does not have to be taught as it can be felt by anyone who comes in contact with it. Love is hard to describe, but in my opinion, love is light. It motivates the despaired and hopeless, gives energy to the drained and tired, and comforts the unhappy and depressed. Love cultivates itself and should be demonstrated by everyone to everyone, no matter what our ranging beliefs, appearances, subscriptions or relationships structures are.

      Love is singlehandedly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and felt in my life and I wish everyone reading this the purest and most genuine forms of love that their life has to offer them.

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    • I totally agree with you. I think spreading love is so important, especially with what’s been going on in the world. I think the sticky note thing was a great idea. We don’t realize how powerful words can be. Just a simple word can completely change someones mood and make them want to pass along the love and positivity to the next person they see.

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  2. I believe that I was created to love the people and environments around me. I also believe that within the concept of love resides many aspects and traits of everyday life that make the word tangible in a sense. In my opinion the trait of understanding is essential in the expression of love. Inherently this matter of understanding seems to be something that we cant live without due to the interactive nature of the universe. We must understand our necessity to eat and drink in order to survive, we must be able to understand how to communicate in order to socialize, and we even need to understand ourselves and others in order to be. In this manner, this lack of love that our world suffers from can be traced back to a lack of understanding. If the first white immigrants to inhabit the United States understood racism was used as a tool by rich white people to divide the poor and prevent an uprising to their ludicrous and greedy actions I doubt we would be discussing this aspect of race within a species; words synonymous to each other. If us cisgendered people understood the thoughts and feelings of those who identify as LGBTQ I envision empathy would take it’s course, leading to acceptance. This life consisting of some having to fight for the right to live as they desire and with respect seems to be the farthest from love we could get. Understanding can and should be the bridge that connects our differences to our similarities; the fact that we all think and are is enough for us to know that we all just want to be loved and happy in our being.

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    • I agree with these points. Very well written and shows concern for being “happy in our being”. Loved reading it

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    • I totally agree with everything you talked about in your post. It’s sad that in 2017 we still have to talk issues such as racism and homophobia. I love this, it is so beautifully written.

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    • i agree with the main point which was communication is essential for understanding other people whether they be a different race or LGBTQ. Very well written and i fully support what your saying

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    • I agree with the way you associate empathy and understanding to love. In this day and age we need to stop tolerating other’s differences, whether those differences be skin color or sexuality, and accept them.

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    • I really enjoyed your style of writing and how you implicate love into a means of tolerance. You broke down the basic necessities of life and how humans/society/world suppress those essential life components that is abundantly available against whoever they choose to label as other and why it fails to represent love.

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  3. I love this post. I’ve tried to always live my life by respecting everyone no matter race, gender, sexuality, ect. I get so upset at the fact that government is STILL debating about if it illegal for gay people to marry. It baffles me. I cry everytime a see that someone was murdered because of their skin color. This stuff needs to change

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  4. Life has a way of changing up on me, which leaves me to sit and wonder. It’s not easy for me to believe in something consistently throughout my life. For many years, I have been wandering and observing other people’s thoughts and beliefs, I’m curious because I am unable to believe in very much. There is one thing, in which I am entirely certain of, and that is soulmates.
    This belief has molded me to become the person I am today, an overly-obsessed-with-love millennial. It may come as a surprise to most people who know me because I appear extremely aloof and detached, but I have been dreaming of my soulmate since the day I was born. Who wouldn’t want to live out the rest of their lives with their better half? It’s been a long and unrelenting battle for me. I am young but I truly believe I have already found my soulmate, but there are complications and legitimate obstacles in my way. It has built me up, but also broke me down. I am strong, and I won’t let my feelings consume me. I had previously torn myself apart in disparity, in longing for the soul I was meant to be with. There’s a shadow casted over a piece of what a soulmate entails, and that is the unrequited soulmate. Sometimes, two people do belong together. They are star crossed lovers, but time can be damaging; finding each other at the wrong part of their lives and never ending up together. This is what happened to me. I am the woeful fate of an unrequited soulmate.

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    • I can agree so much with this. Growing up I always wanted to find that one special person and after failed relationships I truly do believe I found mine. He pushes me and motivates me everyday and Im truly thankful for that. True love is a beautiful thing and theirs nothing like having a deep connection with someone.

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    • I completely agree with you as I am the same way! There is definitely someone out there that is made “for you.” You may not realize it until they are right in front of your face but this someone is meant to love you without doubt or hesitation. There will be someone who loves your every flaws and finds beauty behind your heart and mind regardless of what anyone may think. It may take a while, but someone is always out there as your perfect match!

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  5. I believe in universal love. The world is so diverse and great. People speak many languages, celebrate different traditions, believe in different religions, and live by different morals, but one thing stays universal- Love.
    I was in Poland a year ago. I watched a man in the town of Warsaw sit in the middle of a big town square. He sat alone on a bench surround by street performers, local food vendors, water fountains, and beggars. He had a small bag of bird food and fed what seemed like hundreds of pigeons around him. They would land on him and he would smile and laugh. He grabbed handfuls of bird seed and threw it at tourists feet, laughing when the pigeons swarmed them and they ran yelling. I couldn’t help but stare in awe just absorbing the pure joy this simple hobby brought him. He saw me staring after a bit and offered me birdseed. I put it in my hand and he showed me how he gets them to land on him. Mind you, there was quite a language barrier so I didn’t understand his words but his body language is what spoke most to me. He has a deep smile, loving eyes, and I know the kindest heart. More kids of different nationalities surrounded him and were willing to try his silly little hobby.
    In this moment I learned what world peace felt like, how united we all are under one moon, and what it felt like to feel nothing but love in a world full of hate.

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    • I love how sometimes the smaller things can be so moving. The ending really brings it all together. Thanks for sharing this great story, Nicholas Raad.

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    • The way that he was able to find not only entertainment but happiness from doing something alone shows the power that doing what you love is all people need. Thank you for sharing.

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    • I loved how you were able to reflect on such a small moment and understand how it was actually something bigger. On the surface it just seems like a man feeding the birds, but when you look closer you can see the significance of all these people coming together and enjoying each other’s company. In that moment all different kinds of people were able to come together and share their happiness with one another.

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    • I believe in love. I believe that the power of love, can heal, can create, can comfort, can grow; it can change households, communities, societies, the world. I believe that with love all things are possible. If you love an individual whether romantic, familial, or otherwise you give that person a special power no one else can give them. I feel like I have been searching for love my whole life. I was in and out of foster care from a young age- and it was hard moving around so much- eventually I convinced myself I was the problem. That I, was unlovable. I just wanted a family to love and hold me on the hard nights and on the times when I would stumble and fall. I craved for someone to want the best for me, and yearned for them to push me in the right direction. I searched for this and at every turn I got a door slammed in my face. This foster family didn’t want a seventh grader, this one was hoping for a boy, that one thought I had overstayed my welcome. I never felt good enough. I never felt good enough to be loved. And that feeling changed the course of my life. The feeling that you are unable to be love overwhelms your heart. However, I am saying all of this looking back on the past. I am loved immensely now. I have parents who would give their own lives for me, I have aunts and uncles who go out of their way to support me, I have a boyfriend who makes me feel like I am perfect just the way I am. And this love, the love these people gave to me- it is the reason I look for good in life. They are the reason I am where I am today. No thank you could ever be enough for the good they’ve brought into my life. And this all happened because they all decided to give me something no one else could- love.

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  6. Honestly, love is fuel. It’s a motivation that gives us a drive for something, or someone. When you say you love something, you say that you’re willing to put your time and attention towards the thing(s) that you love.

    Love is strange in a way. It motivates you to go the extra mile for someone, whether that be going to a 24 Hour 7-11 just to get them that bag of chips that they like, or being able to hold them while they fall asleep in the arms of someone they love.

    They tell you that you need to love yourself before you can love someone else, but honestly, I need that person to assure me that’s what I love about myself.

    People need to be assured of their positives in order to grow as a person. They need to know that they’re doing things right, making the right decisions per say.

    These emotions are just..a part of life; They’re chemicals in your body that create such outcomes, but they’re as important as nearly the air one breathes. People crave love, crave the emotional support, crave the ability to be able to feel safe in a person’s arms. They crave that single person that loves them enough to be there, and to give them such support.

    When life is a struggle to you, at least with the person you love, you have a partner, someone who can guide you through these hard times.

    I just wish I could find him.

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    • Aw this is awesome! You’ll find him! People come to you in the strangest times and they’ll be your biggest supporter. Everyone has someone that will love them and that’s so important!

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    • Absolutely love this! Learning to love yourself first is very important. You have to love you before any one else can. There’s someone out there who will love you the way you want to be loved.Someimes love can appear unexpectedly at the most random times or places.

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  7. Love is a very important part of ones progression in life. Love could be identified in many different ways. Love for your family, Love for your friends, love for your spouse. Family first is the best kind of love you could ask for. The love you have for your family will help you throughout your life because their love will motivate you the most. Your family will always be there for you no matter how bad you mess up. The emotional dependency people have with their family members drives a person become a better person. love for your friends becomes into loyalty. My boys are the ones who will not lie to me to help my feelings, they will tell me what I did or did not do correctly. Trusting my friends could be a good decision when you have friends like mine, the consistency with upholding each other make us focus more on becoming better men and gives us more drive towards accomplishing our long term goals. Love for your spouse is another special kind of love but depends on who is going to show you real love. There are people that have not been with their mate for more than a year and they feel instant love being received. Love Between your mate is a great connection because you connect and have a bond with someone who wants to become as emotionally connected to you as you are with you’re friends and family.

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  8. I believe that with love we can all get along together. I believe that love can get rid of all the wars we are having. If we all go towards love and peace we can get things done together. All we need to do is just love each other and be friends. Because wars never did solve anything and never will. Killing your fellow brother or sister is never the answer. We all need to learn to love one another and learn to respect one another. Love is a very strong feeling and emotion that can come and go. Love can reduce your stress levels and make you concentrate on the thing you’re doing. We can also start a treaty against other countries saying that let us end the wars. Because creating chaos and starting wars will get us nowhere. We can solve all wars with just love. Instead of wasting countless life and sending troops to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, etc. Not only we can solve wars with love but also we can end feuds against family and friends and brutal treatment of animals. We can see how our life will change if we just start learning to love each other and treat each other like we want them to treat us which is fair and with respect. This I believe is how we can love one another.

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    • I completely agree with you regarding wars never solving anything and killing each other isn’t beneficial for anyone, but I don’t completely agree with you saying love can solve anything. I agree love is a very powerful emotion, but as sad and hard to say, not everyone can love, not everyone will be able to become friends with everyone. What I think we should strive for is an understanding or a place where we respect each other or at least tolerate people. I’d like to think that all wars can end with love, that would be amazing but I don’t think in our lifetime that will happen… We should start with learning resect and understanding first. But otherwise, I enjoy the points you made, your post was real and came from the heart and I agree with it in some aspects. We can learn to love, but baby steps first.

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  9. I believe that love and kindness go hand in hand. When I’m being kind, it’s motivated by some small feeling of love, and the hope that my kindness could potentially brighten up somebody’s day. When encountering a rude, or mean person I always tell myself that there was someone or something that caused this person’s day, or attitude and I like to ask myself, “Do I want to contribute to this person’s bad day”? Everyone has a story, and there is always information that you don’t quite know, or wouldn’t understand that is the cause for this person’s actions. I believe that this is the mindset that we should all have when going through our day. It allows more feelings of positive energy into your day rather than adding to, and receiving negative energy. I was always taught that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, which means you get the thing that you desire more often when you’re kind rather than when you’re rude. I’m sure I’m not the only who has heard some version of this saying. I’m also sure that I’m not the only person who has days where I feel like everything is going wrong, and nothing I do will fix the problems that keep transpiring as my day continues, and on those days a little love and kindness goes a long way. As I leave this post I hope my message is clear, be kind to those who aren’t having the best day. You never know how your small act of love could drastically change someone’s day or perspectives.

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    • I love the line “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” because I think we can all agree that in today’s society people let pride get in the way, and as a result lash out rather than to empathize with those around them. Acknowledging that love and kindness coincide with one another is something that a lot of people should grasp, and I wholeheartedly agree with this

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    • I really like this post! It is so true you never know what someone else is going through and the smallest things could just be adding on to their day. I love that you wrote about kindness and love together. I agree 100% with you.

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    • This post really is so true. The use of metaphors really gets the point across. Kindness should always be apart of anyones life and love will follow. Great writing!

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  10. Growing up religious I was always surrounded by prayer, gospel music, deeply rooted morals and values, and most importantly: love. I was taught that “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast it is not proud” (1 Corinthians 13: 4). I was raised to live by scriptures like this which may seem intimidating, but it is actually really comforting. So this taught me the proper way to love, and be loved. This was my key for relationships in every aspect, even with strangers. I was taught that even the little things can show you care. Being patient, and kind: helping someone up, or being there in their time of need. Giving someone a shoulder to cry on, or a place to stay. To not do things only because it will benefit you; which is very hard for this generation. And to not keep score of the hurtful, or harmful things someone does to you. Always protect, and trust the people you love.
    I am not perfect, but I know that I have grown mentally, and spiritually and I will continue to grow in these ways. I believe it is important to give everyone around you the same respect, kindness, patience, and love they deserve regardless of what they have done to you. With that being said I hope to carry and continue this mindset throughout my career at UMass Dartmouth. I am ready to experience, learn, and grow with all the new relationships I am about to build while keeping in mind that love never fails.

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    • I couldn’t agree more. I was brought up the same way and learning to love the proper way was kindness and protecting those around you. No matter who you are, or what has been done to you, to truly love is to, how you explained, “to give everyone around you the same respect, kindness, patience, and love they deserve”.

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  11. I believe in a love that covers a multitude of hurts, shortcomings and imperfections. I believe that the love God has for us can heal the brokenness we humans experience inside and restore us to a permanent state of wholeness. I can honestly say I went the first seventeen years of my life not realizing this truth. Sure I had seen the “Jesus loves you ” signs on the highway but it was all meaningless to me then. They were just words.

    As I think about the meaning of love , my mind can’t help but travel a few years back. There’s only ever been one moment in my life where I can say I was truly depressed. After facing my childhood abuser in a courthouse and hearing the words “not guilty” echo through the courtroom , depressed is what I became and depressed is what I remained. One night I decided to sit on the floor of my bathroom and have a conversation with God. All that was within me was a bitterness and anger towards everyone and anything. I began hitting the floor and instantaneously I broke down. I couldn’t stop weeping if I tried. Suddenly the strangest thing happened, it was like a blanket of comfort swept over me and a whisper from heaven is what I heard. I heard God say through my pain , that even though I was broken that he would take me in his arms and comfort me like a child. He said to me that night that his love would pour out over me and it would never cease to flow. I was his child and even though all I had to offer him was a torn up heart he would humbly take it.

    Love is all the Father in heaven desires to give to his children , not judgement, not sorrow. As crazy or unrealistic as this may seem, its my truth. I will never forget that night. God had love and compassion for me when all I had was hate and bitterness inside. It’s because of his love that I now have love to give. Apart from him, all have is a fake smile. I continue to seek a relationship with God because I now know that his love will never let me down.This my truth and the promise I hold onto.

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  12. Through faith, life is meant to prove that nothing is guaranteed and that every moment should be treasured. For some time, it seemed like my faith was slipping away. I felt as maybe there was no such thing as divine intervention or a spiritual guidance. One night my life changed forever, in exchange for my faith, my innocence was seized; but someone was always watching over me. My journey back to faith began as I witnessed my dad lay dying on my living room floor. My dad’s face transformed into an unrecognizable shade. He had no pulse. Five minutes felt like an eternity. The medics rushed in. “Clear” was the last thing I heard. The coming days would be the longest I have ever endured. Faith kept us going. We prayed together as a family. I stayed strong for my brothers. I feared the worst. I had thoughts of funerals and family dressed in black. I was going to lose my dad. But suddenly, everything changed. I envisioned my dad’s hospital room as he opened his eyes. My mother told me of an angel that protected her and guided her, and I believe that he had visited me too. “God showed me Dad’s going to be okay” …and he was. My life changed forever. I realized that nothing is ever set in stone, that life could change at any moment, and take a turn for the worst. God was looking down on him. Faith is what saved him. In faith, I believe.

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    • This is truly inspirational. You show courage even in the darkest time of your life, and showed that love and faith prevail even if it seems nothing can conquer darkness. It is so important to always keep faith and love in your life.

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  13. What I can say that has gotten me so far in life is being a loving and a sincere person. Someone who lives off of hatred will have a harder time forgiving themselves for not making the best out of their lives. What I have noticed about myself as an individual is I will make it a point to make sure the people I love are doing good. I always remind my peers and my family to have faith, and even if they have hard days, I will always be right there. This is why I forgive so easily too. With love, you’ll find ways to see past the bad in people and I have been able to feel great about myself knowing that no one can ever say I wasn’t there.

    Unfortunately, I used to be someone completely different. I was depressed, filled with negative energy, and never wanted to even associate with people. I hated who I was because I thought that I wasn’t good enough. I thought no one cared about me. My family always told me, its one step at a time,things will get better, but I got tired of seeing everyone so happy when I wasn’t. I envied the people who didn’t let anything bother them, so soon enough, I made friends with them. I noticed how happy they were everyday and wished to be just like them. This is when I found love in people. I figured out that it was okay to feel hurt and be upset sometimes, as long as you remember there are people who love you. There are plenty of others who feel low and feel like they have no one. I would never wish this pain upon anyone, that is why now I am kindhearted and considerate. I want people to know they will always have me because I will listen. I forgave myself for focusing on what didn’t matter. With love from people, and knowing someone had cared, I found love in myself. Little things do matter. A small act of kindness can go a long way. The old me is a person I would never want to go back to. I believe in forgiveness and I believe everyone deserves to be loved.

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  14. I have always struggled with bad self-image. At the age of fourteen I jumped into a relationship full of red flags, because I believed at the time that I needed someone else to validate my existence. He was four years older than me, already graduated from high school with no car and no job, but I said yes anyway. Due to the age difference, he assumed it was okay to take advantage of me. He prevented me from spending time with loved ones, took me away from school work, and even tried to convince me to change my physical appearance. Luckily he fell for someone else and we went our separate ways.

    During high school I fell into several more terrible relationships that only made me feel worse about myself. Eventually a good friend of mine talked me into working on loving myself before I made the mistake of dating another guy with zero respect for me. Junior year I focused on myself and finally found happiness on my own. It’s funny how at the exact moment I stopped looking for a companion, the perfect one came into my life. We’re still together a year and a half later and I have never been better.

    I believe that to be happy with someone else you must first be happy with yourself. I believe that no one needs another person to validate their existence on this earth. I believe that love should be built on respect and trust rather than infatuation.

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  15. During my senior year of high school, I read a book in my English class titled “Tuesdays with Morrie”. It is about a man who reconnects with an old professor after the professor had been diagnosed with ALS. The professor, Morrie, wanted to give his old student, Mitch, final important lessons about life. In the story, one thing that stood out to me the most was when Morrie said to Mitch “Love is the only rational act”. I had to sit and think about this for a while, only because I had to disagree at first. I first thought there were so many other things for people to do that would be seen as rational, besides just loving. Simply, just caring, or being kind could be seen as rational acts. I kept going back and forth with myself in my head trying to make sense of Morie’s quote, until it finally started to make sense when I started thinking more of myself, and my experiences with the people in my life. It made sense that I always found myself my happiest when I was surrounded by people that I loved and cared about. How they treated me made me feel good about myself, and all the fun we had together made great memories. Even during our saddest times, I still felt loved because I knew we were there for each other. It made sense that Morrie’s statement wasn’t meant to be about love itself. I now believe he meant it generally. I believe he meant that all good, kind, and friendly acts can be seen as an act of love. This is why I now have to agree. I too believe that love is the only rational act, and now I feel I can see love for more than what it is perceived to be.

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    • Jack, I agree with you 100%. Your essay has brought me back to a statement that I established in my essay which states, “True love is by action not word, and the definition of love has already proved itself to endure positivity”. You have made sense of this statement because you were able to encounter positivity in your life by surrounding yourself with positive people and they made you feel loved.

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    • Love is more than just what people make it out to be. It isn’t just romantic or related. I agree that love does encompass many things such as kindness and compassion and generosity. Love can be given and received by any. and it really is the only rational act. Ignorance or hate, those acts are inexcusable. They are irrational. There is no true reason to be that way. Sure, people have their excuses, but that doesn’t make those acts acceptable.

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  16. I think it’s safe to say that practically everyone has dealt with love one way or another. Love is warm, pure, and makes you feel as if you’re on cloud nine. Whether it’s the honeymoon phase or you’ve been together for so long that time no longer seems to exist, the emotion proves to be much more than what we feel capable of handling. It’s enthralling. It envelopes you in a form of happiness that when compared to other forms can’t compare. However, love is gilded. While it may seem to be golden there is much more to it than the sheen we all have grown to adore. Love has its downsides. All things gilded were once broken, dull, unwanted. Qualities that many relate to because without the coat of gold what are we? While some choose to forget who they were before they came across it, others choose to look back and embrace who they were prior to being treasured. You cannot have the good without acknowledging the bad. With love comes trust, honesty, loyalty and most importantly respect. Would you ever take a gold ring and throw it around in the hopes that it gets destroyed? Would you ever take its value for granted? Some choose to only pursue love for its appearance, but fail to take into consideration all else that comes with it. Others handle it with the utmost care, and these are the people that are most deserving of it. If love is to be felt it should be cherished, and to those who cherish it will unveil what’s behind it.

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    • I agree Samantha! I feel like love comes with a whole package. This is when unconditional love plays in, and people have to learn how to love without any limitations. People should be more aware of this and take the time to get to know someone before committing to something they are not ready for.

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  17. Love is one of the strongest feelings/connections/emotions that we feel the most. Love can apply to family, friends, teammates, teachers,coaches, etc.

    More so, people tend to think about the love between partners. It’s the person who lifts you up and bring you happiness in such a way that nobody else can. The one who goes out of there way for you. Whether it’s making time to spend with you or it’s picking up a coffee on the way to your house. The one who treats you right, gives you the attention you crave, and provide you comfort.

    Love isn’t always a one way street. Love has its downfalls. There are days where you will cry and fight to the point you may lose one another. Life with love is never always good or always bad , it has to remain balanced.

    From personal experience, I was in an unhealthy/toxic relationship with a guy. At first it was good, because that’s how it always tends to be , but then he turned into someone who I never thought he was. He was manipulative, controlling, and a great liar. (Turns out after we broke up, he went back to his ex the next day.) But it had gotten to the point where the fighting, arguing and crying was useless because there was no point in trying to stay and fix things with someone who makes you sad and cry everyday.

    How can you treat someone you supposedly love so horrible?

    How can you be okay with yourself making them upset ?

    Love can hurt more than anything but there will always be better days. I am the person I am today because of how love treated me.

    I believe that everyone has to go through heartbreak at least once in their life. Because that’s when you find yourself. That’s when you love yourself and put yourself first. That’s when you put up your wall and promise yourself to never be in such a vulnerable position again. There is someone out there for everyone who will love and treat you with respect, honestly, and loyalty. Providing you happiness and love like no other. Someone who puts you first no matter what .

    Thankfully, I finally found him.

    Love can come at the most unexpected time. So be patient, don’t rush the future, love will find its way to you.

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  18. I believe love is a combination of emotions that provide a balanced connection between you and the world around you. Love can be expressed whether you are happy and content, or maybe when you are angry and upset. Regardless of the emotion, it can affect people’s decisions throughout their lives.

    I am a natural born lover. Being born under the sign Cancer, we are mostly known for being loyal, emotional, intuitive, imaginative and loving. We are protective of our loved ones, and will defend them to death. Although I am not a natural born fighter, I will do anything in my power to protect what is important to me. This form of love makes me feel like I am doing my job in my relationships with others.

    As a water sign, my emotions tend to “ride the wave”, meaning that my energy is subject to what is happening at that very moment. This can be both negative and positive, but all of my intentions are out of love. I say this because I have a natural love of others and I have their best interest at heart. As one of the most sensitive signs of the zodiac, I do everything out of love and support. I will care for others in ways many do not know how.

    This attribute usually gets abused, and is one of the reasons why I am more cautious about who I give my all to today. Internally, I am bruised, but externally, I will continue to be that person who you can depend on. I will always be the girl who is kind hearted. I’ll always be the girl who is willing to create a loving connection with someone, whether romantic or friendly, and help expand one’s spiritual growth.

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    • Being a person that wears their heart on their sleeve, I completely understand your constant struggle. This perfectly phrased, and I also hope you continue spreading your love. You have no idea how beautiful and refreshing it is to meet a naturally loving soul. You will meet people who appreciate your kindness and cherish your friendship/relationship.

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  19. F*** LOVE is how I was feeling after my first breakup sophomore year of high school. At the time I didn’t realize the gravity of what removing love from my life would do and how emotionally and mentally unhealthy it would become. I stopped showing my love to my family, I stopped loving myself and slowly but surely I began to wake up and just drift through days waiting to fall asleep and not concerned about waking up. This absence of love and emotion made me realize how important it is to not only understand but to accept love for its true meaning of long suffering. In the end it’s about where the love is directed and in my case I needed to love myself. In loving myself I had to rediscover and be honest with myself, so that meant truly having knowledge of self. I had more comprehension of my peers of European descant than I did of my own culture and this created a sense of yearning towards something that isn’t me and not meant to be me. In loving myself and learning how great my Haitian and African people are, I am having more of a clear view of who I am and where I fit in the progression of my people. This is a journey and understanding that everyone should have, Colin Kaepernick going back to his native country and discovering more about his lineage and culture is an example that this can happen at any point in life.

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  20. Love. Love is described as an intense feeling of deep affection, but is that really the only definition of love? No, because love is not just one thing…it is many things combined into one. Love is not just a feeling, but actions, emotions…many things that can make up love. Love is a soulful part of every person, everyone has experienced love at least once in their life. Whether it be with parents, grandparents, someone else in their family, friends, or even a significant other, love is the one thing that has touched everyone in some way. Love is the strongest thing in this world, it is the one thing that always remains constant. Love is what brings people together, in every part of the world. People learn to work together, and why? Because of love. People learn to understand each other’s differences, and why? Because of love. And when we try to distant ourselves from being loved, love will continue to find you, because you are made to be loved. Love is a part of every aspect of life. Love is something that has been known since the beginning of time. Love is the one thing that will keep you remaining hopeful, that will keep your strength up during whatever battle you are dealing with. Love is the one thing in this world that makes things whole. That makes you feel complete. Love is the most beautiful part of life, because it can be so exciting. Love gives you a new lens to view the world with, to show you that despite obstacles and bad things, that love will always prevail. Love is the battle that is worth fighting for. Love will always find you, and you will always find love, because you need love to live, and love needs you. Love is the most important thing in this world, because without love, we are nothing.

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  21. Love, I feel like everybody should be loved no matter where they come from and what they are because love means a lot for people because if your loved your cared for to be love by someone one I feel like that the most important thing on the world because you have there love and care and everything people who love you give you there all they think about you and you will always have them there no matter what and have someone there to always talk to love is key and it will be great if you was loved by anyone one because that’s what’s important you need people’s care in life always.

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  22. Love is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It’s a feeling that can’t be described, yet most people strive to feel it in one way or another. Love is shown with not just words, but actions as well. It’s more than saying I love you. It’s saying “wear your seatbelt”, “have you eaten today?”, and “I care about you.” Love is not always easy. It can be messy, emotional, but it is always worth it. Love brings people together. Regardless of race, social status, age, gender. We are all capable of loving and being loved. In my high school during senior year, there were a group of students who reminded us of the positivity of love. They wrote on the mirrors in our bathrooms with phrases such as “you look beautiful today”, and left notes around in lockers with small, uplifting mantras. They reminded all of us that we are not alone. Whether or not you believe in the Romeo or Juliet type of love, love at first sight type of love, soulmates kind of love, or if you think that’s all phony, we can all agree on one thing. That love is real, it’s strong, it’s powerful, and it’s beautiful. When I was growing up, my parents taught me to always say I love you to the people that I loved, and to never let someone you love go to sleep without telling them you love them. Being raised this way has shaped me as a person. I find love to be a truly sacred emotion, which encompasses what we all want in life. Love means being protected and feeling safe. Love means wanting the best for someone. Love is believing in someone when they don’t believe in themselves. As I said before, love is not easy, but it is worth all the fight.

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  23. One of the most significant factors which evolves in life, humanity, and character is love. Matter fact, Earth would be a much peaceful place with love being her conquer, her brain, and the major function of her heart. Love comes in different forms. The beautiful thing about love is that all forms of love come in positive ways. Here’s why, the dictionary defines love as, “having a deep affection for someone”. The definition of love has already proved itself to endure positivity. I improve my life everyday with positivity. I was raised in a christian home by getting to know my creator who is Love. In order for me to be a true follower of him, I must learn to love.True love is by action not word. Love comes with generosity not greed, forgiveness not bitterness, kindness not rudeness, caring not cruelty, and good deeds. That is what I have practiced and still can’t get enough of it because I don’t want to stop growing my affection towards all mankind. I want to continue forgiveness, continue my good deeds without expecting anything in return, and continue putting smiles on people’s faces. Love is easier when I put myself in other people’s shoes, that is why I yield hurting other people’s feelings because I wouldn’t like the consequences that I would encounter in return. Love took control in my life to the point that all I can say is, I will not be complete if I chose to not love.

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  24. Love has always been one of the most prominent and important things in my life. Growing up with a single mom, she couldn’t always give me everything I wanted, while all my friends were being spoiled. But what she could give me was love, and that was better than any gift any child could have ever received. Most of my friends saw that too. They knew I was lucky to have such a great maternal figure in my life, and they even got in on the love. My mom’s love for my siblings and I shaped us into who we are today, and I am truly grateful for that.
    Love isn’t something that can be bought. It isn’t something you have to compete for. It merely exists, and anyone can love or be loved. That is what makes it so special. The rich and the poor, the young and the old, everyone has the capacity to love. If you have nothing, you can still have love. And one day, all the material possessions won’t matter, just the loving relationships.
    I try to say the phrase “I love you” as often as I can. When I go to bed at night, or when I hang up the phone, even with a simple hug I always say those three words. My family and friends know how much I truly love them. They can be taken from me in the blink of an eye, so it’s important for them to know how much they really mean to me.
    As I venture forward in life, I want to make sure my loving relationships stay the same, and I gain some new ones along the way, because without love I am nothing.

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    • Your ending phrase is a fact. A fact for everyone. Just like I mentioned in my essay, “without love, I am not complete”. I can never imagine myself without love and I believe that every human being should relate to that.

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  25. When he cheated on her numerous of times, she forgave him. She kept forgiving him after everything he put her through. I believe in forgiveness because my grandma forgave my grandpa after he left her for almost a year, just disappeared with no explanation. When my grandma forgave my grandpa after she found out he got another female pregnant after 22 years of marriage. It never made sense to me, why they kept forgiving and allowing such a toxic person to be in her life. Aren’t you suppose to know to let go of something when it isn’t good for you? They both said it was themselves who needed it not the other person, and maybe it was just my six year old self who couldn’t comprehend such a silly response. Now I understand they forgave them not because they needed forgiveness but because they wanted to move on with life without hatred in their heart. After that I forgave my father for abandoning me for ten years without a second thought. I was tired of holding such a grudge and such hatred in my heart for a man I was suppose to love unconditionally so that’s why I believe in forgiveness. I believe in it because I love myself too much to have hatred in my heart and because I want to live a happy peaceful life not one with hatred in my heart.

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  26. Love is complicated. It can make or break people. personally, love hasn’t been amazing for me, I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years, and we have been through so much, but no matter what we go through, love always keeps us together and gets us through bad times. Love at first sight is definitely real. Doesn’t matter how many people say it’s not. Love in life is absolutely needed whether it’s from a significant other or parents, or a loved one. Life is lonely and sad without someone to love or someone that loves you. It feels like no one cares about you or how you feel. I am an only child, I never had siblings. Life was pretty lonely. My boyfriend changed my life and gave me to feeling of true love which I’d never thought I’d find. The second I saw him something sparked and I just knew it was righ to be with him. So I tried and tried all freshman year to get his attention because he was the popular guy and I.. well.. wasn’t popular. I guess I finally got to him and he asked me to date him freshman year and people say young love doesn’t exist, it’s not real and it’s over exaggerated. But I felt it. As did he. And till this day we are still happy together. I love him. He has changed my life with love. He made me look at everything different. With love in my heart it just makes me think so positive about everything. It’s such a happy feeling. I hope everyone gets to experience this happiness.

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  27. Love is a feeling that is unexplainable. Love is something that can’t be easily described when you talk about it. It is a feeling of happiness and joy that fills your heart when you think about it. It is a feeling that not everyone can feel in this generation because no one honestly uses the word “love” in the right context. Love is not hate, or pitty, it’s the complete opposite. Love is important to have because it eliminates bad vibes and bad things that can happen. Love is something that helps people get through the day. Love is a feeling of feeling special, it is a feeling of happiness that is endless. In this generation, love isn’t used correctly because us as human beings feel a strong emotion towards someone and automatically think it’s “love” and don’t actually get to experience the true feeling of love before saying it and actually meaning it. Everyone deserves love, but not everyone honestly feels it. Now a days, when we talk about love, we talk about hatred and especially in relationships, the love isn’t real, it’s more disrespect than love. Their is barely love in this generation because theirs so much pitty and sadness, but it’s up to us to fix it and love each other. It is up to us to find conformity in one another and it is up to us to feel the need to help others when needed so that everyone is equal. Many don’t actually know the real meaning and feeling of love. Love is important, and that is why this world needs to work on being happy, so that love can become effective to everyone.

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  28. Why do I believe in Love?
    People fall in “love” because they want to fall in love and be with someone that embraces their flaws and all of the like, because this sense of romantic security is crucial to society. It’s easy to lose sight of love even when it is your own choice to choose who you love and not love. Everyone wants to fall in love, but most people don’t even know how to comprehend something they can not grasp most of the time. I believe in love because I choose to be attentive on how it revolves around my life. It is this deep rooted ability of understanding the loving nature of humans, and this will cause one to find their own love and build this everlasting connection of love. This is why I believe in it, because of this slow yet essential process of finding love that helps all in humanity.

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  29. I believe love isn’t easy. But what I don’t believe in is that it’s impossible. Its something that comes easy to some and a little more difficult to others. It reveals itself to a few early on in life, and others are left waiting a lifetime. A deep love for someone takes time and patience, it takes dedication and perseverance, above all it takes a desire for the other person so strong you can literally feel your chest expand in their presence. Love is not easy, sometimes its quite painful. Loving someone when they don’t love you back, you watch as they fall farther and farther away and theres nothing you can do to stop it. Some love requires lots and lots of energy and work while others are simple. Sometimes love is good and pure and finds a way into two hearts that in turn find serenity by consecrating that love for the rest of their days. Those lucky enough to discover this should hold on to it, and hopefully it will live a long and happy life. When all is said and done, love is when you can get so angry or hurt by the people who love you and want you, but you will never say you don’t love them. So yes, love isn’t easy but it’s worth it, and in this life when nothing seems to be working out all you can do is rely on those who love and cherish you.

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  30. I’ve always said that the more you love and appreciate everything around you, the happier you will be in life. Admiring nature and all the animals around you creates a whole new level of positivity. The outdoors are beautiful and there’s so much negativity happening around us that I feel we forget to appreciate the world we were “given”. The more you show affection to the people around you, the happier everyone will be. I used to have a severely negative outlook on life, I felt as if everything was going wrong. I thought my family life sucked, I didn’t “fit in” to any of the cliques at my school and it was very obvious that I felt I didn’t fit in. Until, I found my group. See, the thing that I’ve realized now is that all you really have to do is put yourself out there. You can’t stay home all the time and expect to make friends that you will connect with on a personal level. You need to experience life and the right people will come along for the ride. Show everyone respect and empathy and they will do the same back. I was raised as a little hippy child and I was taught to respect nature and all animals. This is one of my favorite things about myself because now I love nature and everything it has to offer. Recently, I’ve started showing my true, positive feelings to my friends and family because all it does is make them happy and then maybe later on they’ll do a good deed for someone that is having a tough day. Showing your love for people does no harm to yourself, it only causes joy for others. So why not?

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  31. One of the most special feelings in this world is the feeling of being loved, and the act of being able to love in return. My whole life I have been surrounded by more love than I can imagine, whether it was from my family or my group of friends. In my own life, I come from a broken family, this has led me to have grown insanely close to my father who offers me more support than I believed could even be possible. I have grown up with the same friends my whole life who truly are the best people I have ever known. Between my family and my friends, there has never been a single moment where I have ever felt alone. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid to leave everyone behind because I am. Seeing everybody going to different states and towns absolutely terrifies me. It is scary to think that this may be the first time I will be alone without my support system minutes away. Although I am extremely nervous for everybody to go their separate ways, I am excited to see where everybody’s path will take them. I cannot wait to see my friends strive and achieve the greatness I know they all withhold. The thing about love is that no matter how far you may be from those you love, distance does not diminish the impact it has on you. Going away to college now does not seem like such a scary task because I know once I return I will be reunited with the same love that I left behind and I am now excited to see where my path for my future will lead me.

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  32. I believe that love is the most courageous act of which a person can be capable of. Growing up my parents showed my sister and I what love meant. I saw it in our everyday lives, I saw them as a perfect married couple. When I was a freshman in high school, my father had decided that he wanted to get a divorce from my mother. Harder than the transfer already was into high school, my life could not have seemed to get any better. I felt as if my dad had betrayed me, my heart had been broken, and that he did not love us. Years passed by, with still little to no contact, i had cut off my dad completely. My mother is now a single mom of two teenage girls, with now only one income. I knew we would not be able to get everything we dreamed of but my mom somehow made it work. This difficult time in my life proved to me how much love can be bonded between a mother and a daughter. No matter what troubles we had gone through and still continued to get through, that she would always love me and be there for me. Love is something special and that no one should take for granted. Being loved by someone gives you strength. My family and friends will always know how much I love and adore them, they mean everything to me. I would not be who I am today without them pushing me every step of the way. I will continue to tell them everyday that i love and appreciate them.

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    • Thank you for sharing this! The bond between a mother and a daughter is one of the most powerful bonds in my opinion, but I also feel that the bond between a father and daughter is very important. Do you think you will ever be able to forgive your father and have you grown to accept why he decided to divorce your mother?

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  33. I believe that love can heal all life’s wounds. I believe that love can win any battle. I believe that love is all we really own in this world. Love is the strongest unwieldy force in our world today and I strongly believe that only through love will we see our world change for the better. The greatest demonstration of pure and undefiled love was expressed by no one other than Jesus Christ who gave is life for the sins of the world. He paid a debt that he did not owe. Jesus loved humanity so much that he took our place in order to wash our slate clean in the eyes of the Almighty.
    Love is sacrificial, love gives, and love serves. The Love of God is pure and authentic love for a persons soul. The depths of human love are shallow but the bible tells me in Ephesians 3:18 “18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” The love of God goes beyond the human experience and allows for people to experience love outside the realm of selfishness and lust that so easily perverts human love. The Gospel is the greatest love story ever told, the God of the universe humbles himself and becomes a man in order to die on a cross, be buried, and rise again in order to fulfill the plan of God for humanities chance for salvation. Lastly, God’s love reaches farther and wider than any other love in this world.

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  34. I believe in love. Love is one of the hardest things to see, even when it is in front of your face you can be blinded by its beauty. The universe revolves around love, without the feeling of its compassion it could succumb into madness. Love is often described as a “an intense feeling of deep affection towards one or something” in your average dictionary but it is not something you can always find in a straightforward “I love you”. Many people confuse what Love is and only attach it to romantical connections. The thing is, a person doesn’t ever need to outright say “I Love You” for you to realize that they’re in love with you. It can show in their actions, it can show in their eyes. That’s why Love is so incredible even if l it’s often misinterpreted that a individual needs to say the actual word “love” for it’s presence to be seen. But truth be told? Love can disguise itself into simplicity such as “Drive safely”, “Want to borrow my sweater? It’s cold outside”, “Did you eat anything today?”, “Let me know if you need anything”, “Take your medication in the morning”, “I knew you could do it!”, “Need a ride back home?”, “Lock your doors”, “Wear your seatbelt” and “Sleep well!”. That’s why I believe in Love the most, it’s always there creeping around you, gravitating quietly in your existence and pulling you into it’s warm embrace. Even when you can’t see it, you will always feel it.

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  35. I believe in unconditional love, meaning no matter what anyone does to you, the love remains the same. Unconditional love can also be described as the famous love a mother has for her child. This love is one of a kind, the closest love to God that anyone can receive. Mothers are known to love and forgive their children for everything they do, but no one has come close to expressing how far they will go to show their love, not like God has. You see when a mother is forced to discipline her child, it is not because she wants to hurt the child but intuitively she knows it will help shape her child into the person God created them to be. A mother’s love is derived from the “Unconditional Love,” of God. The love God has for his children is so strong, the bible states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (The Holy Bible. John 3:16). This verse is the ultimate execution of the power of unconditional love that God equally has for all his children, and expects everyone to follow in his steps. Love has taught me to really combine my mind, heart, and soul, to train myself to be truly kind hearted to everyone that I meet, and expressing to them through the five senses what love is really about, genuine gestures. Everyday I spread Unconditional Love.

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    • I love how you used the example in the Bible in order to explain unconditional love. I also like the example of a mother and her child because I don’t know if it’s possible for a mother to ever hate her child.

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  36. I believe love is one of the most important things in life. Everyone should feel love and express some type of love everyday. Love is feeling passion for something or someone, and passion is what pushes us to be successful. The love that I receive and give to my family is what pushes me in life.
    My family has made me the person I am today. Without them pushing me to my best potential I would not have been able to achieve nearly as much as I have. Between school, tennis, and just going to work times get hard, but what my family gives to me is that extra nudge I need to take a step back, breathe, and finish what I started and give myself even higher goals. Everybody has the days where they lose a match or fail a test, but for me having a loving family that pushes me, telling me it is okay, I will do better next time has always pushed to give myself higher standards then I ever thought I would have. There would have been times where I just gave up and moved to something easier and less time consuming. I love my family so much and I strive to never let them down because the love I feel for them cannot be compared to anything. I really hope everybody in their lifetime can have the type of love I have everyday because love does more wonders than people think.

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  37. “When are we going to understand that we were put on Earth to love? It’s gonna keep going on, war gonna keep going on, frustration gonna keep going on, anger gonna keep going on ‘til we finally go back down to the simplest word: love.” Kendrick Lamar, regarded as one of the great poets of our generation, once said this in an interview and it has stuck with me ever since.
    I believe that the purpose of life is to spread as much love and positivity as you can while you are here on this earth. Today the world has been intoxicated with hate, anger, and jealousy- stemming from all types of people. These include world leaders, religious communities, even friends and acquaintances we communicate with every day. Forms of anger and hatred are seen in everyday life, big or small. Countries may be fighting over land and religion while friends are at each other’s throats over politics in a Facebook discussion. The most tumultuous disagreements come from instances where both parties can not come to an understanding of one another. We can resolve those issues with a simple value of love. The thing about love is it can bring out other values that we also lack in todays society. Compassion, generosity, empathy, integrity, and other values can basically fuel the human race in the right direction.
    In my experience, anger brings out traits of ignorance and lack of understanding. So, everyday I try to better myself and others by just spreading as much love as I can. It can be something simple like being well-mannered, or seeking the perspective of someone else and being understanding. Even just smiling and saying hi to a complete stranger can incite happiness in that person who may have needed something that small to go a long way.
    My goal is to try and spread this infection of love. If everyone can adopt some of these thoughts, then we could progress as a society to new heights. I have faith we are moving in the right direction, and I have accepted that people will think I am naive; I will continue to express what I believe can better myself and other people.

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    • I couldn’t agree with anything else that I’ve ever read more. With everything going on today, I feel like we need more people that believe in love like this to help bring us into a more harmonious place. This is awesome, I love it!

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  38. I believe that love is the most powerful feeling a human being can experience. Love makes people do things they never thought they would do for anyone. It’s a feeling unlike no other. Without love, I don’t think anyone is really truly happy. Whether it’s loving a friend, parent, sibling, or significant other, it makes people selfless and caring. The hardest part about love is that is can also be the hardest feeling to deal with depending on the circumstances.
    The love of my life has recently moved away across the country and I knew I truly loved him when I realized that I had to let him go. He left for a reason and that was to follow his dreams and I just want him to be happy and successful. Seeing him leave was the hardest thing I have gone through in a while but it made me stronger because I know that this happened for a reason. If it’s meant to be, eerything will all come in to place one day. They say if you love something, set it free and if it comes back then it was meant to be. I never thought I could love someone as much as him. I feel love everyday, I feel it when I look at my mother, I feel it when I look at my best friends, and I can say that love has turned me into a more positive person, Just to know that I have love surrounding me and people who care about me as much as I care for them brings joy to my heart. Love conquers all!

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  39. Love is the strongest force the Earth has to offer. A simple smile being granted from somebody experiencing pure happiness might turn the loneliest of an individual to a newer, brighter smile that is capable of bringing light to another. Love is easiest force the Earth has to offer. It is capable of being passed on through the benign touch of two palms clapping together after a moment of pride happens. And undoubtedly, love is the most successful force the Earth will ever be able to offer. If love brings about such beautiful, heartfelt moments such as lighting up a smile or exuding pride, then it is only imaginable what awe-inspiring feats love can create. I believe that if I surround myself with only love–no judgment, no spite, no fear–and look at others with only smiles and polite curiosity, I can be the change in this world. I believe that if love is capable of creating so many incredible, beautiful actions, peace will be the only thing that abounds from nation to nation and wars will cease to exist. I choose to surround myself with this philosophy as choosing to love one another and holding hands with an individual rather than pushing them away, creates a life that people only imagine is capable of living once you decease and enter the gates of Heaven. I choose to live a life filled with understanding because I see everyday what happens when leaders choose to not swallow their pride and push down their hammer of self-pride and ignorance. I choose to live a life filled with harmony because I see the horrific conflict that occurs when two sides grow fearful of each other’s differences and decide waging war is the only way to create self-defense. I choose love because love creates images of serenity and peace. I believe in love because it is the only outlet that has proved to reign success over and over again. I love because loving is the strongest, easiest, most successful, and most beautiful thing there is.

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      • Our school did something similar as well! For me reading those four or five words on a sticky note reminding me that “I can do it” or “You’re amazing” can truly impact an individual. It’s amazing to see that all the time you spent writing out each one of those sticky notes made hundreds of students day. Spreading happiness and love is something that we all should strive to do and you’re blog represents this.

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  40. Love, there are so many types of love, but ere is the certain type that you feel when you get a hobby. As outgoing and social I am I have always had the voice of doubt wispering in my ear. Don’t laugh to loud – your going to sound obnoxious. Don’t wear that, you’re going to give of the wrong messages. Maybe you shouldn’t talk about that… about this… maybe you should just try not to be you.
    The voice use to be louder when I was growing up, more so because my peers would speak my doubts. In fact I wound do my best to be the image of nothing. Where plain colors, keep your head down, stay quiet. I placed all my effort into not being noticed, only to get noticed.Comments would always weigh heavy and slow they started to seep in that maybe there was something wrong with me. Maybe my eyes are to dark, my legs to thick, I’m too excitable. Desperately trying to fit in I started to remove bits of my personality, trying to fit in an image of perfection that didn’t exist.
    By my second to last year of middle I was numb, nearly a shell of a person when I first started to draw.
    Now my first drawing was a bunch of angry scribbles on the last few pages of my notebook just something I did to release the pent up anger I felt. But I had made something, a work that no one could understand and yet feel. Black scribbles that told a story of how I felt.
    There was something magical about putting pencil to paper and creating. Not really writing but creating people – granted I was no go but I started to draw, people mostly. I gave then characteristics that I wanted to see in myself. They started become real, and soon I started to get lost in a world where I could be free, in school I continued to be an outcast but it wasn’t too bothersome anymore. In fact I spent more of my time in my drawing books, so much so that people started to notice.
    In fear I would try to hide my work, but eventually I let others see it. I became proud of my art. So much so that I started to make stories for my characters and would start to tell tell the stories to anyone who would listen.
    I became more social, laughing more, smiling more and just being myself. I guess what I’m saying is that I gained confidence in myself once I let myself be free. I stopped worrying about judgement not because I had stopped caring then, but because I had found a way to rebel against the negative.
    In an era where I has scared to even speak I was able to find my fire though a world that was only created with paper and pencil. I love to draw stories and I belive that if you have a passion so great it helps you get by eveyday then it’s worth every second.

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  41. Love is the greatest emotion to experience throughout our lives. Having love for yourself, your family and friends, and even the people you meet throughout everyday experiences is important. Love is the safe feeling you have when you are at home with your family, sitting on the couch with your friends, or falling asleep with a significant other. The love you have for the people in your life and the love they have for you is what matters most. Love helps us through our struggles, it allows us to understand and get to know the diversity and culture in our world. We are able to put aside all our differences because of the love we have for one another. Our differences in ethnicity, color, gender, and religion have no effect when you truly love someone. Love allows us to learn from our differences and find new ways to experience life because of the people that meet and learn to love. Love is the only way I am able to get through everything that life throws my way. Without love I would not be where I am today. The love my family has for me has given me opportunities that many people cannot access. The love and support from my best friends has helped me through emotionally tough times and without their love I would not be the person I have become. Love has made me strong and has pushed me to be more confident in myself and in my choices. The love that people show me everyday has helped me love myself.

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  42. Since I was a baby my best friends were my siblings, that was all I knew and I loved it. My immediate family was very close, we would come home from school and play in the yard and every Saturday night we would go out to dinner. Not only was I close to my immediate family but also my extended family had major roles in my life, Sunday morning breakfast after church was something we would all look forward to. All the cousins would rush to my grandparents house which just meant more built in friends to hang out with. They were my best friends. We came to each other for everything even when we got older, especially when we got older. We built a a strong trust between the four of us. We had so much love for each other all because we learned from our parents, the happiest married couple I have ever known.
    My father has always been a hopeless romantic, he gave my mom all of his love and it showed in his actions. when she has us four he did not split up where his love went but managed to create more than enough for each person in the house. We were a happy family and all I could remember was how jealous my friends were of our relationships within the family. But it was too good to be true, in 5th grade my dad got into a car accident trying to jump a strangers car out of straight up carelessness. My whole family was in the car watching as it happened, terrified my younger brothers and older sister watched our father being wheeled into and ambulance. No child should ever have to hold their crying mother in their arms and comfort them but I did because that was the only thing I knew how to do, take care of people. The surgeries, recovery, and rehab process was long but in the end our family was surprisingly stronger. My dad took time off and we got to pick each other up after months of being dragged down, spirits were lifted, and love was actually felt in the house again. Years went by and only a few hospital visits occurred, minor injuries, but then our world got turned upside down again, and this one hit a lot harder. My youngest brother at the age 11 was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. My brother and I were left at home alone for months while my parents were at the hospital, we would get short glimpses of each other and all of our energy was focused on the treatment my brother would have to go through. The traditions, the time spent together, and the love felt lost, not gone but lost.
    Once my brother got home from the hospital and continued his out patient treatment I expected things to start to go back to normal. They didn’t, my responsibilities continued from when my brother was in the hospital and I had to try and focus on school while balancing family. Though this wasn’t the family I was raised in, there was little love in a time when we needed it most. All I felt in my house was stress and sadness. But soon my father found his hopeless romantic self again and started to fill each individual with love to bring us back together. I believe that in the worst times when love feels like it is gone it is only lost and will be brought back when you realize how important it is in your life.

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  43. I believe that one must be able to love oneself before they can love another. Self love and acceptance is key to opening the true gates to the meaning of one’s life. This love will not only empower your goals, but empower your overall aura and presence that you give off. The aura of someone who truly loves and accepts their flaws is one with which can open up others around them, slowly helping them sift through their insecurities and embrace their strengths. Love is like water, flowing and molding to the shape of its flask. You yourself are the flask. One cannot fill up another flask if they are empty as well. I believe that love is more than what media portrays it to be. Love is more than just the surface, it’s about the resonance between people. Resonating with others will in turn make you as an individual stronger as a person, and overall more joyous. I believe that love is the true answer to this life, the purpose for our existence. Love is linked to peace, unity, trust, and all the major elements our world is lacking today. This love gives our life a purpose and a drive. We are born and then we die, but what’s even the purpose of that? I believe that the love we share, the bonds we make, the people we strive to protect, and the love we have for ourselves is the true meaning we have in our plentiful, beautiful, lives.

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  44. What is love? Baby don’t hurt me…. Don’t hurt me… no more… ooowoaaaooowoaaaoowoaaaooowaaoooowaaaoh oh oh oh.

    Love is a trip. To every person, love is something a little different. It’s probably why most people aren’t too fond of each other. When explaining love it can apply to so many things but the most intense love would probably be romantic. If you find a compatible love, life seems more beautiful and worthwhile. It’s something to fight for and doesn’t come easily but once you grasp it, you don’t want to let go. That’s probably why there are so many abusive relationships. They love each other in some sick twisted way, but for some reason, they stick together through some hazardous times when most bystanders would watch and say “I seriously don’t get why they’re together”. Fortunately i have never experienced an abusive relationship but i have encountered multitudes of them. I’d always watch and think “what the hell are they together for… I’d let go so fast…” But now that I love someone, I’m not sure how easily i could let go if she’d wronged me in some way. What’s the capacity where my heart tips over and says “nah… i’m done with you” at the moment i feel like there is no tipping point… I sure hope I never find out.

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  45. I am generally a very hard headed person. I don’t let people influence my decisions and I’m not inspired easily. There are very few people in my life that have the ability to influence the decisions I make. The only people that have the ability to do this are the people that I love or truly care about, whether it’s a family member, a best friend, or a girlfriend. The one girl that I have ever loved has changed me for the better in so many ways. I have known her for about two years now and she has brought the best out of me over those past two years. She’s changed my views about the world by opening me up to the struggles that others face and by showing me what it really means to be a loving and caring person towards others. She has been through so much more in her life than I have. Growing up in an upper middle class family, I have not experienced many struggles in my life. Two years ago I did not understand people’s struggles with things such as depression, anxiety, or even money. Due to my lack of understanding, I did not have very much sympathy for people with these problems. That was until I found myself in a serious relationship with a girl that had previously faced all of these struggles in her day to day life. She was very open about these things and would talk about them with me for hours. As we grew closer and closer I finally started to really feel and understand these issues. This girl had been through so much in her life and was still the kindest most loving girl I had ever met. She influenced me to be a much nicer and more accepting person. The pure love I have for this girl has changed how I see the world and others forever.

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  46. Throughout my 18 years of life I have learned that some of the most important experiences in life are the connections that you make with people. In my case that has been the experiences I’ve shared with my friends whether the memories we created last summer staying out late having fun watching movies and driving around blasting music obnoxiously; or the other memories of my best friends and I going to our favorite playground just to swing on the swing-set and just talk to one another. Other examples would we how I would talk to my boss at work and how I would respect them differently from how I respect my friends. I believe in the connections that are created everyday between humans whether professional, casual, romantic, or friendly connection all of these connections are unique in their own way and how people in them interact, but what they all have in common is that they are a driving factor in human nature. Without interacting between people how would anything ever get anywhere; how would we discuss ideas, dreams,and our ambitions. Connection among humans is so vital that studies have shown that loneliness increases a person’s mortality risk almost to that of smoking. In my own experience before summer started my girlfriend at the time and I had recently broken up and along with that some of my best friends at the time went along with her. I went through a short dark period that I only got out of through the help of my best friends and spending time with them as well as meeting new people and pushing forward through life. The last thing I can say is go out there and meet new people it’ll make you feel better about yourself and that’s scientific fact.

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  47. I believe in forgiveness. I first learned about forgiveness at church when I was very young. In fact I was probably too young to even know what it meant, but throughout my short 17 year life, forgiveness has always been something to keep me from being upset with people. Some people choose to hold a grudge against someone for a long time, but I say that, that is stupid. Sure someone can do something terrible to you, but if they feel bad, forgive them. Sure someone could accidentally forget to invite you to something, but if they say sorry, forgive them. So what if your best friend doesn’t tell you something they should have, but if they regret it, forgive them. There is no point in being mad at someone for something that will mean nothing in the future, so forgive them.
    Forgiveness to some is saying, “it’s okay” and then using it against them, but that’s not forgiveness. Forgiveness is saying, “it’s okay” and then not using it against them in the future, and moving past the thing that they did wrong, and accepting the fact that they feel bad about what they did, and understanding that they are sorry. Forgive and forget is what some call it.
    Forgiving and forgetting is one of the most powerful things you can do to move past a problem and move on with a relationship. I believe in forgiveness, and if you really want to know why, it’s because holding a grudge against someone and not moving past the thing they did wrong hurts. If you ask me, forgiveness is a beautiful thing.

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  48. I believe in love, love is one of the most important things in life.Without love there is no unity and peace. love is a feeling that cannot be seen or touched it’s an emotional feeling that one has towards a person love brings happiness and brings people together.The reason why I say this is because when I was a kid I lived with my mum in Africa. My dad travelled to the United States when I was 2years old so my mum was the only person doing both duties as a parent I never saw my dad until I was 16 years. I never thought I would ever meet my dad or ever be close to him as was with my mum dad, but when I travelled here I lit all the past thing go and I started a new life and I love my dad Asia we have been together for so long and my dad showed ,e so much love that we became so close and lived happily. so always let love lead you no matter what the situation is.

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  49. I believe in the power of love. It has the ability to change lives for the better. Love is not just talking about it, but more about putting it into action. It is about doing things for other people to help make their lives better and not expecting anything back. It ends up being more rewarding for the person doing the helping.
    As far back as I can remember, I have always cared about other people. When I was in grammar school, my mom would come back from Open House Night and say how proud she was of what my teacher had said about me. She would tell her that whenever a new student would come to our class, I would volunteer to show them around. I believe that it was important for them to feel comfortable, meet new people, and feel like they fit in. This always made me feel better about myself because that’s the way I would want to be treated
    One of the biggest challenges is showing love to somebody who hasn’t been very nice to you. When I was in middle school, there was a girl who talked behind my back and made up lies to change other people’s views of me. When a class project came up, nobody wanted to be her partner, so I decided to offer to help her with it. We had to work together after school. It took a lot of patience and understanding to get through it. Slowly, I could see her attitude changing for the better, and she even bought me a gift that Christmas. Things got so much better because kindness always wins out.
    It will always be my belief that love can change the world. It would be a much safer and better place to live in if we had more of it. No matter whatever happens in life, whether it is personal or global, love is the answer.

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