We have heard definitions of love through our lives that have been passed on for decades. Some of us have felt love, and some of us have been in love. But no one ever seems to question what love is, as if it is something that just plainly is.
People tend to just go with it, and think that what they are feeling is really complete and substantial love.
Having something and loving it makes us feel like it will always be there for us and that we will have it at all times.
Love is supposed to be something that takes over your whole body and
soul. We see love in our world as the ultimate feeling of happiness. A place in life where everything is ultimately better and nothing can possibly go wrong because love is an element that protects.
Some say there is no such thing as love and that we just classify feelings as love in order to classify them. In some way what we feel of love is beautiful. I would describe all the times in which I felt in love as beautiful experiences in which I felt complete, without a flaw and full of happiness. That is what love does for us. It makes us whole.
We've all experienced love. We've loved (and been loved by) parents, brothers, sisters, friends, even pets. But romantic love is different. It's an intense, new feeling unlike any of these other ways of loving.
But each kind of love has its own distinctive feel. The kind of love we feel for a parent is different from our love for a baby brother or best friend. And the kind of love we feel in romantic relationships is its own unique type of love.
Our ability to feel romantic love develops during adolescence. Teens all over the world notice passionate feelings of attraction. Even in cultures where people are not allowed to act on or express these feelings, they're still there. It's a natural part of growing up to develop romantic feelings and sexual attractions to others. These new feelings can be exciting — or even confusing at first.
Love is such a powerful human emotion...