56 thoughts on “Love

  1. As long as I can remember, my mom raised my brother and I to believe that we only need three things to be happy in life—a Love of God, a Love of Country, and a Love of Family. These three loves have always been present in my life and have, without a doubt, shaped who I am today. I am an individual who is proud to say I believe in God, proud and patriotic of my country and thankful to the men and women and families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom, and proud of my strong family values and sense of belonging and community. The combination of these beliefs and values has shaped me into a grateful young man with a firm devotion to people around me. I have always enjoyed working hard and giving my time to a righteous cause. Ever since the age of seven I have been an altar server at my church. Years later, I became a volunteer unloading food bank trucks and stocking the shelves of my church’s food pantry. As President of my high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, I was able to make a huge difference on multiple occasions as I spearheaded community service projects and efforts that impacted the lives of people in my own community and across the nation. Making a difference every day to someone and/or something is also what I believe in because of my unbounded dedication to God, Country, and Family. It is the greatest gift I have to offer my community and the world…this I believe…

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    • As long as I can rememeber Love has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I always show love no matter the situation and the people I interact with. I learned to love from my best friend Shai because when we were younger we were walking through the street when I had went to his house one and And we had stumbled across a wounded dog that had been hit by a car. I immediately wanted to leave it and let it die because I was scared of it attacking me but Shai, as fearless and compassionate as he is he told me to stay and try and call for help so we can help the dog survive. When I saw the look of determination on his face I knew that I wanted to be like him and never let something like that happen to anything or anyone ever. I know this might sound childish or cliche but that really influenced me to try and be a compassionate person and show love no matter if you’re scared or anything really and I just want to thank Shai for helping me realize this about myself and for the things that he taught me. As a result of this story I believe that anyone is caplable of doing anything as long as they show love.

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  2. Love ceases to be somewhat of a fantasy for me; providing hope and perhaps even purpose in my pursuit of a better future. However, I don’t believe it can be truly broken down into one arbitrary feeling. Meanwhile, it’s multifaceted, everlasting, and quite paradoxical. By simply hearing the words, “I love you,” from one close, a sense of belonging cascades upon you; a sense of comfort. This comfort that seems blissful yet elusive at the same time is the true nature of it… almost as though, every fleeting moment makes the connection stronger, yet pragmatic. Finding a balance within the entropy of love, is where I feel as though you can truly experience the wonders of it. Amidst the passion and eroticism that coexists with love, it’s easy to fall for someone subconsciously. However, I’ve found myself simply enthralled by the idea of love: the values it possesses, how significant it makes you feel, and the camaraderie that accompanies it. This, unprecedented emotion with it’s seven faces, can’t be defined by one “feeling,” but rather by the many feelings that come with it. Becoming a catalyst, through which I can define and mold myself into the person I wish to become. One that doesn’t have a set start/end date; one I am not in control of. While occasionally misleading, I know that I’ll always find my way; as love is universal and absolute. So, simply going through life day by day is all I need, and love will follow.

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    • I thought this was a very powerful piece. I have spent so much time worrying about when I will fall in love and start a family. But what I should be worrying about is bettering my future. You are right. If I live everyday then love will follow.

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    • I agree, getting too caught up in the idea of love could potentially become harmful. Adding pressure to coal creates a diamond. If you add too much pressure then your diamond will shatter. Don’t let the pressures of finding love shatter your diamond.

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    • Tyson,
      Like many of my peers have stated, one of the most compelling lines within your prose is is going through life day by day and love will follow. i don’t know why by that line resonates within me the most. So many people think I see the world through rose colored lenses but they don’t recognize that I have faith that love will eventually come. Rushing into things will only hurt both parties in the long run while waiting for it to happen naturally will encouraging a lasting healthy relationship.

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    • I agree love can be a scary thing and you can’t always force something that isn’t there. Love is a feeling that needs to be timed between two individuals.

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    • Wow very well written Tyson, I found that I could really connect with your words. Very very well put how love makes you feel it truly is great feeling to feel. Your last sentence is my favorite part of the whole essay great way to wrap it all up.

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    • I think your piece is very powerful and insightful. I agree that love is universal and absolute. Your idea that love is a fantasy is intriguing. I do believe that love will follow where you go, as long as you can give it yourself.

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  3. I Believe in Kindness
    Working in a restaurant, I get yelled at 10 times a day, easily. I could smile at someone the wrong way, or tell them something they don’t like just to hear that I don’t know how to do my job and be called endless amounts of names and swears. The reality of the situation is that a large percentage of the general public is cruel. It’s understandable to be annoyed or upset when you hear something you don’t want to hear, but to treat others as if they were nothing isn’t the way to change that. Kindness grants kindness. It is far more likely that people will go out of their way to do something for you if you treat them with kindness and respect.
    Everybody who works in customer service or with the public in general deserves respect. They work hard to do their jobs the right way and with respect towards everybody else. Degrading other human beings just makes you out to be inhumane. It is not an excuse that some people are “just mean” and that they “shouldn’t let it bother [them]”. We aren’t robots; we feel all the good and all the bad emotions as well. There shouldn’t be a customer so mean that it makes a person cry. Kindness grants kindness.

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    • I agree with you! Working in fast food you meet so many people that don’t understand the job can be stressful because chances are they haven’t worked in fast food. So many people can be so harsh when they have an incorrect or misheard order, when it’s unnecessary to behave that way. Everyone does deserve respect and kindness does grant kindness and I think that when people are getting a service they forget that because it’s their money so they think that it grants them the ability to act however they want. Awesome blog post!

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    • This is very relatable as a worker at Dunkin’ Donuts. Working at a customer service job can become a hard reality. You always have to keep a smile on your face and act in a way where the customer is always right. It is not always the case, but it’s our job to keep the customer happy. Those on the other side have this stereotype that people that work at fast food chains have not been successful in life, however, people such as I, are just saving up to be able to pay for college. It is also sad to say that I know of a person who believes that the customer is always right because “they are the ones giving them money”. It is a two-way street and so the person agreeing to give you their service should be respected no matter who they are.

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    • I really can connect with you I work at a sandwich shop and I’ve dealt with my share of rude people.If everyone was kind to one another the world would be much better. I agree you should not be degraded by others even if they are having a bad day. Very well written and put together, this also is something a lot of people can relate to.

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    • I work in a restaurant to and I can relate to everything you say. People are rude sometimes and i will never understand why but I always try to be nice to them even though they act the same way. And we do work hard so It’s not fair to us. But I agree with you kindness grants kindness.

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    • I agree with you 100%. All of my jobs have been customer service and I’ve learnt the hard way that everyone doesn’t have a heart like me and understand that mistakes and misunderstandings happen . I’m glad a good amount of people believe in the importance of respect and kindness !

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  4. very since I could remember my mom would always tell me that kindness is key. I held on to that for years and years. But I could never understand why I was still treated poorly. I went about my day smiling at everyone I saw, helping anyone who needed it, and just being happy. But I was never treated with that same respect. I could not understand why. So one day I stopped. I stopped smiling, I stopped caring. I just stopped. But then I hear the most beautiful quote ever. “Have courage and be kind” as cheesy as it sounds, I have the movie Cinderella to thank for bringing me back to reality and realizing that it does not matter how others treat me, what matters is how I treat others. I now know that kindness and generosity are the greatest powers anyone could ever have. Everyone deserves respect. You don’t need to agree with everything other people say, but if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. I believe that kindness is a gift that should not be wasted. “One must simply have courage and be kind.”

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    • i agree. its sad and hard when you try to be a good person, help others and showing generosity and it just seems like it isn’t working or your still getting treated the same. but sometimes we have to look past that and honestly just be the bigger person.

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  5. when i think about love, i think about you. every time i wake up you get that feeling like oh my god they woke up and i was on their mind. i’m the one that they think about at random times during the day. texting them is what keeps you so happy because of the distance and facetiming, when your phone buzzes to you run over to phone to see if it is them and when it is, you immediately smile and reply within seconds. you always want to be with them no matter what. and when it comes to a point you rather choose them over anything. you constantly remember old memories that have made you so happy and think about all the good times because that’s all there is, you think about the future and all the things about them that make your heart beat 100x faster. and you wonder to yourself that everyone living in this world, they chose you to love you, and no matter how many ups and downs you two get , that in the end everything will always be okay, love is amazing but only with you. So, thank you Squish.

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  6. In the world that we are living in today, we never know what is going to happen. One day you’re with your friends and family and the next day, you could be gone. I don’t just mean dying a natural death, I mean the corruption that is happening all around us. The world has forced me to become a cynical person to the point where I have to rethink everything before I leave my house. There are people who left their houses one day to go to work, run a marathon, go on a jog before halloween, and even to go to a concert to see their favorite singer perform, and they did not go home the next day. We live in an environment where things are always changing but, lately it only seems to be for the worst. Maybe if someone had told you on your worst day that they loved you, it would have kept you from hating yourself that day. All the terror in this world we live in today may have a negative impact on how we see things but we need to turn our fear into love. As scared as you are, whatever you just saw could happen to anyone at anytime including you or that person right next to you. I believe that I don’t know what is going to come next but all I know is that I love my friends and family. No matter what happens next I want them know that. Before I go anywhere, I make sure I remind my loved ones they are always in my heart. I may see very pessimistic but everyone close to me knows what they mean to me and I it it something special everyone should know.

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    • Well put Kara! I agree we never know whats coming our way or if life will throw us a curve ball. we need to show love rather than hate!

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    • It is so important to be aware of how the world truly is, which you are. Because of the way you look at the world you are able to direct the fear that others may feel into love for those around you which is amazing! It is good to live like this even though some may see it as pessimistic.

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    • I highly agree with what your saying. It’s important to always love hard because this world is a crazy place and you never know what will happen. It’s so important to make everyday count and always awknowledge the ones who constantly show you they love you.

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  7. When I hear the word love memories come back flushing my thoughts. I loved someone so much it ended up killing me, I don’t usually talk about my personal life but once I met this guy during the beginning of my junior year, I was a transfer student I didn’t know anybody I got the courage to talk to him and then we started talking everyday after that. I felt really good with this guy he made me feel happy we made it official after 3 months and it was very fun and happy times with him. I loved him so much. but around the summer time when senior year was about to start we started arguing more all the fun times were now just bad. But my love for him never faded I didn’t realize I was in something toxic when he first laid his hands on me, but it didn’t stop me from being with him because I loved him so much. I let it slide and it was the worst thing I ever done I didn’t do anything about it I just believed him when he said “it won’t happen again I’m sorry”. But it wasn’t the last time it just gotten worst, I noticed it got really bad when he decided to give me a black eye, started realizing I had no respect for myself but it didn’t stop me from being with him because I thought love conquered all. this went on until senior year was over but it wasn’t only physical abuse , the physical abuse stopped but verbal abuse took place. But I took it all because I thought I could handle but I realized I had no respect for myself throughout this toxic relationship I was too stuck on that maybe we can go back to the good times we just needed to get through this but it didn’t work. I went through a lot and I was just 17 years old, I don’t wish this upon anybody I realized I should’ve loved myself more than the other person. Now I’m healing from this experience and trying to make it come from a good thing I’m being strong and trying to move forward in life, moral of my story don’t blame yourself for something that wasn’t your fault and always reach out for help.

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  8. I believe that love is as deep and unending as our mostly yet undiscovered solar system. I believe the stardust inside of us gets lonely and that from the moment we explode into being from blackness we seek out other stars like us. It’s why we cling, with every last bit of celestial might, to the first pair of loving arms that will hold us. Long before we learn to understand gravity, we are born knowing love will carry us if only we are brave enough to hold on tight.

    As we get older we learn to test the limits of gravity until we can hold ourselves up. But we soon discover that it takes a lot of energy to support ourselves. We soon learn how easy it is to fall. And it shakes us, that reality that falling is inevitable. But actually falling isn’t the scary part. It’s realizing that no matter who we are, at some point, we will have to fall alone. That at some point the love of others won’t be enough, that we won’t be able to rely on those loving arms we depended on to hold us up forever. Love is realizing that we are our own stars, and we don’t need the universe or arms to cradle us. And that’s scary. Love is scary. It takes a lot of courage, but in the end, it’s what keeps us standing.

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      • Love is a core feeling that all humans have. In this diverse society that we live in, love is essential for peace and enlightenment. Respect, acceptance, sympathy, mercy, compassion and righteousness all can be translated from love. This tenderness determines the happiness of others and of oneself. I grew up surrounded by it, and I believe that it is the most powerful thing in our lives. It changed how I perceived the world and those around me, and it continues to change everyone one of us throughout our lives. Love helped me during the last few years even when I so far from it. Love solves wars, segregation, injustice, hate, and differences. Throughout human history, all beneficial deeds and progresses were done based on love or its derivatives. A life without the smallest measure of love cannot exist. ‘Love is free yet binds us’

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  9. What I believe in, is something profound, yet simple. It’s frivolous and momentous. It is love. Love is a complex and vast emotion and virtue to define. Love is something that drowns our five senses and can envelope a person’s entire being. It has the power to remind people of what it means to be human. Love has the power to challenge the norm and be the foundation of strength to weather any storm that comes a person’s way. Love is liberating, for the soul, the mind, the body and the spirit. It’s important to understand that love is also angry, jealous and honestly makes everyone just a tiny bit crazier. Love causes people to needlessly worry and crave things and people that are an unhealthy addition to their life. Love harms in the same way that it heals and it weakens in the same way that it strengthens. Love is positive just as it is negative but it’s the way people nurture it that matters most. It isn’t easy but will always be something worth fighting for. Love makes me feel so angry at myself sometimes because I often feel like it blinds me from seeing the person as a whole. When you’re in love, everything wonderful that they do is magnified while he hurtful things end up swept under the rug because love is meant to conquer all. My love for one of my friends was so great that, no matter how much it hurt me, I helped him get back together with his girlfriend. I have never felt as stupid as I had in that moment but it also reminded me that love really makes you go to the ends of the Earth for the people you care about.
    The power and strength that exists within love is exemplified in this article “Love as the Practice of Freedom.” In this essay, Bell Hooks proposes an “ethics of love” to guide our tumultuous world of politics in hopes of a world that includes everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion and origin. She discusses the utilization of love through the civil rights movement and how it’s rhetoric has managed to transform the society within the United States. She explains that “[n]o leader has emphasized this ethic more than Martin Luther King, Jr. He had the prophetic insight to recognize that a revolution built on any other foundation would fail. Again and again, King testified that he had “decided to love” because he believed deeply that if we are “seeking the highest good” we “find it through love” because this is “the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality” (Hooks 244). Love brings people together and encourages people to think of more than just themselves. Martin Luther King Jr.’s decision to love showed people that they are more than just the color of their skin. It showed people once more that there is power and beauty in being an African American and provided a space for African Americans to love themselves, their journey and the journey of their ancestors. Dr. King’s decision to love formed an inclusive environment that welcomed people of all races and religion to fight for the injustice that had befallen our community. Love makes individuals who are a movement by themselves into a force when they’re together. Love for oneself, for others and their country is a powerful tool to transform themselves and the world. The love that I have for my friends and family propel me to advocate for those who do not have voice because I want them to be able to live in a world that celebrates our differences. That is why I believe in the power of love.

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    • I agree, Tammy! Love is so much more complex than what meets the eye. There are so much underlying barriers within it than one can possibly image.

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    • I loved and admired every piece of this essay. It was really inspirational. I also agree with how you said loving oneself is important because in a world where sometimes you are targeted for being yourself, self love is something that many people struggle with and should really work on.

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    • I agree with you 100 percent because love comes in many different ways and sometimes telling someone those 3 simple words can put a smile on their face.

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  10. Truthfully, I love my hair. Yes, curls are are nice and they look good too, but have you been able to take a shower and have your hair soak up the water because of how nappy it is? Indeed, that’s my case. My naps have many qualities and characteristics, 18-years and counting and it’s able to do hair skills that curly and straight hair cannot. Ever been able to hide your last pink Starburst in your hair before your classmates asked for it? Or stick your pencil in your hair and have it vanish before your eyes? Hoodini is the name and naps is the way it’ll stay. It’s not like I got a choice anyways, am I right? I was not given a choice or preference that I’d want my hair to be, whether it be curly, black, ginger, or the infinite shades of red people actually think exist, but actually does not. To hate myself for being given such a thing of beauty must be a crime right. Now it’s hot outside on this nice summers’ day and while you curly straight heads are dying of heat stroke, the water that my naps has been conserving since my morning shower is finally cooling me off. A party trick or a resourceful tool that non-nap growers shall never know. Besides, naps are a lot more fun. Why wake up an hour earlier to do your curly hair when you could just wake up with naps and go on with your day? I mean, if you don’t love the best part about yourself then who else will, society? Before you know it, you’ll think that your best quality is your worst. This I believe. My hair is ugly/nappy and I’m proud as SpongeBob would say.

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  11. Love is only a small four-letter word, but I believe it is the most important core value I possess. Having love for people and letting them know that they are loved makes people have happiness, which is all I ever want anyone to be is truly happy. The world does not need to have all the hate it already does; it is truly ridiculous how much people hate one another for no real good reason. If everyone could just love each other then there would not be all this trouble we have in the world with gangs, gun violence, war, and discrimination. It is sad to say that discrimination is still a part of society it really should not matter what someone looks like on the outside because you should not determine how much you love someone by the way they look. You should love people for how good they are on the inside and if they have a good heart. If we all could just love each other and really appreciate one another then everyone could live together and truly have happiness. The reason why love is the best and most important core value because it helps you develop other important core values like happiness, respect, trust, kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness. Letting people know you love them makes them know you really care about them. I believe it could reduce or eliminate the issues we have in society and also build other core values that we all should have.

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  12. Love is what drives the entire world. Whether its love for another person, love for a job, love for a subject, or even just a love for your favorite food. Love is what drives us crazy but also keeps us sane. Love can push us to do things we didn’t even know were possible. I remember my love for animals and how it began at such a young age. I had every pet my mother would allow me to and loved learning everything about them. Like, that dogs will sneeze when they are playing with you so that you know they aren’t trying to fight you, they just want to play. Or that penguins, wolves, and beavers all mate for life. Or even that some turtles can live for over 150 years. This love has grown so strong in me that I want to dedicate my life to helping the living beings that can’t ask for help themselves. I want to do exactly what I was put on this earth to do, help animals. There is no other love like I have for animals. Pets bring every family happiness and joy that no person could ever bring. The sight of seeing your dog at the front door wagging his tail so hard it might fall off after a long day is one of the best feelings in the world. Your cat jumping into your lap to snuggle and take a nap is a feeling nothing else can give you. I want to provide care for these animals so that they can continue to show a love like no other to their owners. Everyone should get to experience the love of an animal, a great listener who doesn’t judge, and the most loyal companion you will ever find.

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  13. Love is shown in many ways by many different people and I think that is amazing; but what has gotten me through some of the hardest times of my life is the love of my dog. The love of a dog never fades and it is the truest and purest form of love you can ever receive. When I was seven years old I got a puppy who quickly became my best friend, she had one blue eye and one brown eye and because of that I always said she was able to see into heaven and earth. No matter what was going on in my life, whether I was having family issues, I had lost friends and seemed alone, I had romantic issues, or I was stressed out and had no one to turn to my puppy was there for me. As I struggled with depression, anxiety, and anger issues she was the only thing that kept me grounded and made me feel truly loved all of the time. When she developed a rare form of cancer my heart broke, I had never imagined not having her in my life. We would go on long walks together, she would come with me when I went to ride my horses, we would go on boat rides at my lake house just the two of us…she was with me for anything and everything I did. On the last night I spent with my puppy when I was eighteen years old I cried and cried over losing my absolute best friend and her love for me showed as she licked my tears away because she still was more concerned about my well-being than her own. I believe in the love of a dog and the love a dog gives because it can save lives and heal wounds that nothing else can. A dog’s love saved me.

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  14. I believe in love mostly because it can mend a broken soul and connect you to someone deeper than any way possible. Love can easily be broken if you don’t take good care of it, but love can also be the most beautiful thing in the entire world. Sometimes one little goodmorning text can mean the world to you, I just think wow you really thought of me, when i barely have time to think about myself, when i know that there is someone out there that actually cares about my well being, I can tackle what is to come in my day ahead. When i wake up he will be the first thing on my mind and when i hear his name, butterflies fill my stomach. I see that smile and that’s when I am content and everything is going great in my universe, that one person can make the problems just go away, and all you want to do is to stay wrapped up in their arms for hours and hours. I think about what our future will hold and how we could eventually send the rest of our lives together, love is when your kid asks you who was your first love, and you can point across the room and say that he is sitting right over there. Love is when you can grow old together and travel the world with the one that you love. Love can mean so many different things,and sometimes that is all you need.

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  15. Love. A feeling that is indescribable. Something that can be interpreted in various ways. The Greek language has several types of love. Agápe, meaning love of the soul. This is a selfless love, the kind where nothing is expected in return. Mania, the obsessive love where feelings become out of control in madness which can result in a controlling or abusive relationship. Eros, meaning love of the body. This kind of love is acknowledging the physical beauty of someone or something. Philia is the love of friendship and can also be translated to brotherly love. This love represents loyalty to another whether it may be towards friends, family, or a community. Lastly, philautia, which is the love of oneself. This type of love can be both beneficial and toxic. Where one is selfish, conceited, and is only concerned about what benefits themselves. While the other is caring and appreciating oneself. I believe in self-love. Without acknowledging your true worth, it is difficult to appreciate and love others. Personally, I have struggled forming new relationships because I am concerned with what others may think. Still to this day it is hard at times to truly embrace who I am as a person. Although, overtime I have improved at loving who I am and how I am because of those around me who love and care for me. Self-love allows oneself to appreciate life along with creating healthy habits to take care of yourself. By doing things that make you feel good can impact people around you to make them feel good also. We can only love others if we come to love ourselves.

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    • I agree with everything you say. I also find this very inspiring because personally I have struggled with the same things you have. I can definitely relate to everything you wrote! Great job!

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  16. I believe in Dogs
    I believe in dogs. Dogs, simply put, feel like home. Not just my dog, but any dog. This particular soft, warm feeling that they generate organically inside my soul is not in any way unique to me. Most people who are around dogs often would probably understand how their sloppy kisses, warm eyes, an little wiggling butts have the ability to capture hearts of people around them. It takes only a few minutes of meeting furry pals before I became wrapped around their precious paws.
    I belive in the innocents that dogs possess. There is not a single naturally aggressive bone in any dog I’ve ever mets body. Some of them need a little bit more love an attention than others before you can get to seeing that sometimes, but they’re all good boys and girls in my eyes. Dogs will love the best and the worst people in the world, for no other reason than they live in the same house. Their loyalty and love for humans and other pets can make me tear up. When our family cat was injured, our dogs kept walking by him and licking his ears to show their worry and acre despite our cat constantly bullying them and tapping them on the head with his paw. Sometimes I step on my dog Tyler’s paw and I feel horrible, and instead of being mad at me he comes closer and he licks me to reassure me. Dogs are too good to all of us.
    I believe in dogs genuine happiness an enthusiasm. Most dogs will not live in the same house with the same family, for their entire lives. My dog Penelope is a rescue pup, and despite the awful life she encountered before we adopted her, she is still an incredible happy dog and expresses it with all her chihuahua-sized might. She will probably live in the same 2,000 square feet for the rest of her life and she is as happy as a clam. She goes crazy when she hears a car door in the drive way, and does he happy puppy dance where she cannot hold her paws still with excitement when someone walks through the door. She will lick your nose off with happiness, if you would let her. The two dogs are genuinely happy just to be pet, to be talked to, to get their BarkBox in the mail (they always know which package is theirs!), to have a ball thrown that one extra time, or to be snuck an extra treat even though the vet said they could each spare to lose a pound each.
    How crazy is it that we bring these members of loyalty different species into our home, where they are naked, do not speak the same language, and are getting touch by us constantly, and they become our best friends? It melts my heart knowing that in the 15 years that they have on earth, these kind creatures will love me endlessly without even knowing my name. There is nothing that will ever convince me that a dog’s soul is not the purest thing on this planet, and thats why I will always believe in them.

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  17. Love has its stereotypes. The word love is heavy, and bliss at its purest state. Romance movies and television shows often boast to find their “soul mate”, in hopes to live a Happily Ever After. We may all be familiar with the question, “What do you hope for your future?” Answers vary from being stable in life, having an exquisite car, or even to being able to take a classy vacation in the snap of a finger. Mine is love. But not the love we all have stamped into our heads in Disney movies from our childhoods. The word love is different to me, as it is a journey. Self-love is something I strive for, as it is what will launch me to do great things that I may not even think I’m capable of. Love has helped me realize my potential and even has helped me unite with others when life seems to decline in purpose. It can also cause destruction, but heartbreak can also shape oneself. Self-love is a journey, as my own well-being and happiness is the most important to me. As narcissistic as that may sound, it is the farthest thing from. With self-love, purpose follows. I will always work on forgiving myself for my past and to look ahead when life becomes stale. I chose to live with best intentions for myself, as this will not only encourage others to do the same, I hope for others to find guidance in themselves to achieve eminence.

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  18. The idea of love was always represented to me by my parents. In the winter of 2012, my parents separated due to how toxic their relationship had become. I wasn’t upset over my parents breaking up- it’s very common nowadays so the idea of two houses and step families didn’t scare me. I was in denial about how my parents’ divorce had damaged my view on love. I’ve always been extremely independent, and as I got older I began focusing more on work than on my own family. I’d go weeks without coming home, further straining my relationship with my parents. I wouldn’t allow myself to see that I was not only scared of being close to another person, but to my own family. I guess I’ve always feared love, and how vulnerable it can make you. The closest thing I had to feeling comfortable with love was printed on the pages of cheesy teen romance novels, and naturally surrounding myself with unrealistic expectations drove me even deeper into my own fears. However, when I went to high school, I met people who showed me that my issues were okay to have, like my best friend, Giovanna. Love stopped being something I feared; love was a bed made of blankets on a floor, being invited to dinners with a family I wasn’t related to, listening to the same playlist in her car on repeat, etc. Gio showed me that love doesn’t have to be from my parents. I now believe love is having someone who’ll be there when you cry over a dumb boy or helping me overcome my self-image issues. Love doesn’t have to be a crippling liability, instead it can be a friend that stands by you and helps you learn to love yourself.

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    • Reading your story reminded me of myself. I can relate to the feeling of wanting and dreaming about love in a romantic sense, yet at the same time fearing certain types of love from other people. I also think that your reminder on the fact that love doesn’t need to be romantic, that it can come to you platonic form is a lesson that everyone should take to heart. Great story.

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  19. From the moment each of us enters this world, love is instilled within us. Love begins for us all when our parents hold us in their arms for the first time, and the feelings associated with love always remain within our hearts. Everybody has a different way of expressing it, typically through thoughts, words, or actions, but no matter what, it is always there, just waiting to be conveyed onto the people we care for in our lives. It truly is a feeling like no other. A feeling that is essentially indescribable, as the depths of our love go far beyond what words could ever hope to capture.
    Unfortunately, we often take for granted the love we have for others, or the love that they have for us. The phrase “I love you” gets used everyday from the time we first learn to put sentences together, and as with all things used over a long period of time, we can start to overlook what it means. That doesn’t mean we love them any less, but because we use it so often, we tend to disregard what is really meant when we tell someone that we love them.
    I believe that love is the strongest emotion that all people have, and we need to spend more time considering what it means to love someone. Love should never be taken for granted, and if we do spend more time thinking about our love for others, it will make us all much happier.

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  20. I believe in open-mindedness, and while I can’t guarantee that it’ll bring you face to face with the image of the significant other in your head, I can say that it makes finding and forming friendships and relationships with other people much easier.
    To have an open mind is to accept that your current understanding of the subject at hand, whatever it may be, might be incomplete or misguided, or even incorrect entirely. Perhaps it is easier to say that having an open mind is not having a closed mind, and to have a closed mind is to refuse to even consider something that merely challenges or questions what you know or believe. This isn’t easy to do; if it was, this belief wouldn’t be the one I’d choose to share.
    For example, you might think that you know who someone is, based solely on their reputation. Yet often, we dislike some of the reputations we accumulate ourselves, so why shouldn’t we listen to what they have to say about themselves? To have an open mind is to talk to them about it, as you, or rather your current understanding of who they are, might be wrong. I can guarantee that they would appreciate taking the time to listen to their explanation, even if it doesn’t change your opinion of them.
    Having an open mind isn’t talked about as much as ‘kindness’ or ‘respect’, but it should be, because it is the culmination of both. To respect and consider someone’s idea, opinion, method of doing something, way of life, etc — no matter how similar or different it is from yours, is having an open mind, and I’d even argue, what allows you to find love in a wide world that’s full of people who are *different*.

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  21. I am in love with who I think is the love of my life. We aren’t going to the same college, but we both have the same mindset about being together in college. We are going to try and do our best. But it is so freaking terrifying to think about it. I am going to be away from someone I have seen every single day, from someone who I can call and have her come kiss me whenever I need that. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I depend on her. She is so amazing. I love her so much that it makes me want to cry thinking about not being with her. But I can’t let her know that I’m scared of her finding someone that is better for her than me. I move in early for soccer and that doesn’t make matters any easier because now I leave before her. I want her to be mine for the next four years, but I don’t think that’s possible if we stay at different schools for the next four years. So maybe I change schools or maybe she comes here. Whatever I do know is that people say long distance doesn’t work, but that’s a stupid mentality to have in a relationship. If that’s my mindset then what am I going to do in any relationship where I have to be away from the person I love for any length of time. What I believe in is that I can make it through this if I want to. The scary part is there is no way to know that she believes the same thing. She might think that she does, but I feel it in my heart that I want to be with her for the rest of my life and that’s only possible if she feels it the same way I do. I don’t know what I will do come this time next year, a lot of things are going to be different, but I do know that I will be flying to visit her as often as I can.

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    • Being in the same predicament, I genuinely commend you for posting this. My boyfriend is my absolute best friend but goes to school in the Cape. Also a strict school so seeing him isn’t as easy as it seems. But I hope that this is something that we see eye to eye on, love is love, no matter the distance or difficulty. I love how sincere you are and hope the very best with your circumstances.

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  22. I believe that everyone has a different definition of love, but sometimes love can destroy your heart.
    My love is for a guy named J***. He made me feel happy about myself. He was everything I wanted in a guy. He was: tall, so funny, romantic, and spoke 5 languages. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get into a relationship until I was in college, but J*** really stole my heart away. All my previous relationships taught me that boys only want one thing, but it was different with him. He saw the beauty in me that I didn’t see in myself. He made me feel special, and boy did I love car rides with him. I remember that first day I met him he said to me, “You’re going to meet my mom”. I was panicking the whole time going up the stairs until we reached his door and him holding my hand the whole time as he translate in Haitian Creole or that our first kiss that made me melt in his arms that lit a burst of fire temptation to not let go of his soft and big bottom lip. From that moment on, he was the one that I wanted to be with for a long time. Everything changed in December 2017, when I was waiting at Mattapan Station, Massachusetts, waiting for him, so I sat at a bench at the station which was outside in the cold in the 20 ˚ weather and going across the street to go sit on the floor of Bank of America to get heat every 10 minutes. Then his appearance became a problem. May 5th 2018-He made me wait for him for more than 2 hours at a park to pick me up on my birthday while he was with friends and told me he was close by and was not. May 25th- That was the day of Prom and it was an argument that I slammed the car door like I didn’t care if it shattered the window into pieces; Crying so hard that my mother had to calm me down and stay with me the whole night humming to me like in the movie, The Color Purple, when Celie was humming to Shug as she was brushing her hair in the bathtub. June 12th, He left on my graduation day without seeing me. Late June, a Stranger that became my shoulder to cry on went on J***’s Facebook messenger and told me that J*** was talking to more than 5 females and when I saw the messages I was heartbroken. I thought I needed to go to his job and pour a coffee colada and walking away saying “go fuck yourself”. But then I decided that I needed to give it one more chance because I loved him and that things would work out, that he actually loved me. August 1st-I found out he put him and his best friend on his phone screensaver and putting a girls contact name as “my future wife” and hearing when I asked “what I am to you then?” and the answer being “your bae”. And finally, August 3rd-Seeing a snap of a girl wearing a sundress that shows her body and butt out on his story. That made my heart fall and being stepped on several times. All these dates were days that were important to me and were ruined in some ways. When I wanted to talk about my feelings,J*** would always say “I don’t want to talk about it because it gives me a headache” or “you’ve changed” bullshit to make you feel sorry about yourself and then be stupid to say “I’m sorry” when it wasn’t even my fault. I always had to also travel an hour and a couple minutes to see him and not once did he come to see me, “who’s really driving all the way to Roxbury “ he says. Not once he and I went out in public to do what couples do like go to the movies. Not once did he ask how I felt after being mad and laugh “What’s going on bro”. Not once but more times I’ve cried on my pillow thinking it was my fault he was acting this way. All the time when I go to see him and we are together, someone would say to me “you must be very important to him because he looks like he loves you…are you planning to marry him” like what’s the rush I’m only 19, But then I get this feeling inside me like damn I really do feel special, it made me think that I did see a future with him. My friends would tell me that I’m too nice and family members wouldn’t like him or say “it’s not that I don’t like him but it’s that certain vibe he puts on”. When I was afraid to say I love you too he said “Bae this is a new love and heart so don’t take this has the same as the heart that been broken yours in the past princess this is our future and our new heart love”. Lovely girl became princess to mom to wifey to bae to finally no name on his contact for me within the span of 7 months. Mari Mwen, my husband, became dick head on mines back and forth. My point is J*** has treated me bad and not a girlfriend. Never in my relationships had I felt that much like nothing to my significant other as I was in this one. My love for him is pure and nothing but loyalty. I know I deserve better and need someone who does care and will treat me like the queen I am. Before I wrote this my friend told me “Maybe write about that ileina, Maybe write about your feelings towards how he made you feel” and finally that’s what I did and found a topic. This is my definition of love: An addiction that carries with you until you no longer can and fail to resist.
    I believe that everyone has a different definition of love, but sometimes love can destroy your heart and see someone else’s true colors.

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  23. I believe in a lot of things! Ghosts, equality, freedom, you name it! This summer specifically, one word that stands out to me is love. I believe in love. Love is very complex, yet everyone wants it and needs it. It’s everywhere and continuous. Love comes in all shapes and sizes; family love, brotherly love, friendships and romantic relationships. I admire how a simple 4 letter word can mean so many things. It’s very crazy when you think about it. For example, I love my mother and I love my boyfriend, I’m using the same word yet it’s different feelings. One is more romantic while the other is familial and unconditional. Funny right?
    This summer I’ve experienced a lot of love. My sister is pregnant with her first child and without ever meeting the baby, I feel so much love for her. I imagine us being really close and bribing her endlessly. She has the best mom and an even better aunt!
    As the summer comes to a close, my relationship with my mother has gotten bigger and closer. It’s sinking in that her baby is growing up, and that I’m going to be all on my own soon. I know she will always be there for me whenever I need the assistance, but now it’s up to me to make good choices. Motherly love is the strongest love there is. At least in my opinion. What do you think? Is love complex or is it simple? Do you need love or is it just a want? What is the strongest type/ level of love to you?

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  24. “Love”. What is love to you? Love is a four letter word. A four letter word which holds more power than possibly anything else in the universe. I believe that love is the strongest force that ever was. I believe that love will prevail over hate. I believe that love will prevail over ignorance. In order for people to coexist with one another, there needs to be love. Without love, marriages fail. Without love, friendships fail. I believe that love is the driving force of all living things. Love, to me, is putting someone else’s needs before your own. Love, to me, is putting someone else’s wantings before your own. Love, to me, is never having to wonder about someone’s true intentions. Love, to me, is doing things for yourself. In order to love one another, we need to love ourselves first. Some people teach us to love ourselves and we teach them back. Love is in music. Love is in language. Love is in art. Love is in healing. Love is in giving to yourself. Love is in giving to others. Love is between two people. Love is with one person. Love is between ten thousand people. It is imperative that we continue to give love regardless of who or what tries to take it from us. Love is in everything and everyone, but it is up to us to put aside our pride and arrogance in order to truly see it for what it is. Love is more than a four letter word.

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  25. Love, by definition, is an intense feeling of deep affection. But love is so different that it is hard to fit all types of love into one box. Love for family is different from love with friends and other types of relationships you form with people. Although different, all love can break your heart. Everyone you love has the power to hurt you in different ways.
    At the age of fourteen my heart was broken by one of the most special people in my life. At the beginning of my freshman year of highschool my uncle passed away. I not only lost him but I never had the chance to say goodbye to him. My heart was shattered not only because he was gone but also because my chance to say goodbye was taken from me. Losing him was one of the hardest things I have gone through; losing him was like losing apart of myself I am working endlessly to get back.
    A broken heart caused by a friend is arguably more painful than a broken heart by anyone else. Losing a close friend is like losing an extension of yourself. You chose to open up and bond with this person; that’s what makes it hurt so much more. You chose them to be in your life and something happens to break trust or break the friendship enough to break apart of you.
    Although each type of love is different they each hurt you in a different way. But even though it hurts you grow from each heartbreak and learn from each one you encounter. Even though I have been through numerous heartbreaks I still chose to believe in love and those you choose to love.

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  26. When I was younger I thought that love was like this fairy tale moment between two people and that was the only type of love that I will experience in my life. So I always thought by the time I was in high school I would meet the love of my life, as shown on Disney channel movies. in high school, I didn’t find romantic love but platonic love instead. Sophomore year I had found my friends who I’m still friends with today and I have been shown some of the most unconditional love from them even when I’m acting irrational or paranoid they still love me for who I am. The love that I have been shown over the past 2 years have made me the person who I am today. They are the one helped me get over my first break up, dealt with the death of nana, and my breakdowns because of school. They will never know the importance of their impact they have on my life, no words I can think of can describe it.
    My views on love have changed since I was twelve, my parents got divorced so I thought that love really never existed and that fairy tale moment I always wanted was never gonna come and all those years of my young self-watching Disney channel movies were all a lie. But then I found out that love can be a tall, sassy, honest friend named Brooke, a supporting, firecracker, loving bean named Cassie, a Trixie mantel fanatic, smart-mouthed and funny person named Abby, A smart, Hilarious, weirdo named Kat, A caring and understanding, and energetic friend named Kayleigh and the newest member Jaden who says toxic all the time and is a joy to be around. These people will always mean that world to me and just be writing this almost made me cry just thinking about them. So maybe love right now isn’t a night in shining armor waiting to save me but just six friends who will always be by my side. Love will take many shapes and change for me over the next years of my life but I know this platonic friendship love I have right now will always be with me. And I have have never felt more loved.

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  27. Relationships goals? Love? Marriage? Dating?Do we even know the real meaning of what they are anymore? I feel like every generation has their own revolution when it comes to being in a relationship, whether its how to approach someone, dating, or marriage. I feel as though my generation is lacking on the true meaning of being in a relationship and spending your life with another person. Don’t get me wrong, there are good people that stay in steady true loving relationships but there are others that just do it for entertainment reasons and to influence others into thinking that if their relationship isn’t like mine, then it isn’t right. With influencers everywhere from YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat we are entering relationships and dating due to the fact that we see others doing it. people are entering relationships without even complete knowing themselves. How do you expect someone to love you for you when you don’t even know who you are? We have shows like “The bachelor and bachelorette”, a nationwide television show, that reveals you can find your soulmate within a few days or months. Like are you serious? Yes, some me say it’s for the views and the money but are people aren’t aware about the audience and how people’s perceptions change when they watch. Something I’ve noticed about this generation is we like this fast, we want everything quick and finished. You’ve lost one of the most important virtues; patience. We rush into things without knowing what we’re getting ourselves into. That’s why I’d advise people for the sake of our new generation or ours to take your time, get to know yourself first, don’t get lured into social media couples because what you see most of the time may not be true, don’t feel pressured by friends and family, and trust that the right person will come.
    You may wonder why I’m ranting so much but I’ve been in the situation trying to make someone notice me or like me by trying to change my appearance. I was so convinced that it would be easy to enter a relationship due to what i see. I didn’t care for myself because I just wanted to be with that one person. When I was in middle school I tried bleaching my skin because of someone i liked. I had a crush on this black boy. I liked him so much. I really thought I had a chance with him, but that was a negative. He told me that he didn’t date black girls because it was like dating his own “sister” and that if he were to have a child he wanted it with a lighter complexion. That incident really lowered my self esteem and caused me to have major insecurities. But that day was also a revelation to me! I realized that I shouldn’t change for someone or I shouldn’t rush for something that wasn’t even going to happen. I realized that I can make myself happy. That I should love myself! I don’t really need a person to make me happy but they can add to my happiness.

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  28. I love my body. I love every curve, bump and scar. I love how she can take any fabric and make it feel at home. You know, I gained 30 pounds and still look good because I love my body and my body loves me. People have tried to keep from loving my body by telling me that “maybe [I] I should lose a few”, but they don’t love my body like I do. My body is divine, and I do not need an intervention. Loving my body has taught me everything I need to learn about how to love. She taught me that one must be delicate to love; that communication is always key. My body may not be able to speak to me in words, but boy does she speak. If I don’t treat her right by moisturizing I get stretch marks. My body is not the most beautiful body I have ever seen but she is beautiful. Connecting with my body has provided me with a lifetimes worth of bliss because there is nothing better than feeling completely comfortable in my own skin. I love that my body has the power to control nations by just being herself. This body of mine is vulnerable, angelic and everything in between. I love how my body is not afraid to be herself and be different. Lately she’s been going through a phase that I like to call “make Sophia look like she has the beer gut of a 40-year-old man” but alas, I love her and maybe beer guts are a new trend. I believe that my love for my body beats any love.

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  29. Love is one tough feeling to understand although it can be experienced many different ways. I believe love, truth and friendship are three words commonly interconnected with each other. For as to without love and truth a true friendship may not be formed. For to without friendship, life can be lonely, unknown to what you can accomplish with the support that comes from the people who truly love you.
    My friends have taught me many things and have helped me along the way, through my toughest days or decisions. Family and friends play a key component in the art of love. The love and support from the very person who is dear to me, the first love I had, the one who has done everything in her power to make sure I make it. My greatest support, my mother has taught me what it is and what it feels like to be loved and has showed me the power of trust.
    From having all these people in my life, I have been able to maintain honor roll throughout most of my high school years. I’ve been able to push myself through hours of volunteer work and worked hard enough to maintain two jobs. Always trying my best, aiming to be something more in my life. There are many people not fortunate enough to receive that kind of love and support and it breaks my heart knowing that because I know that if my life did not include love I would not be the person I have am today and the person I am destined to become.

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