Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:59:13 PM
The dictionary definition of love is a very broad statement saying, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.” Love, in my opinion, is one of the hardest things to explain. Everyone in the world experiences all different forms of love from all different people in all sorts of ways. Some people experience more love than others, while some may not experience any love at all or do not recognize the love they are receiving.
As we grow up from a young child to an adult, we come into contact with all different sorts of love and I think that each experience helps shape us to who we are today. The more love we get and notice as a child, the more we are able to share as we get older. It creates the feeling of happiness and warmth and caring. I think that ninety nine percent of the time, love affects us positively.
Growing up, I have had a lot of different interactions with love. As a baby and a toddler, I always had family around me and they made it clear to me that they would always be there to protect me and help me get through any good or bad situation I was stuck in. While in elementary school, I had best friends who I was friends with kindergarten through sixth grade. By the time I reached middle school and most high school, however, I had a new set of friends. These made me realize that there will always be people around you who are willing to be your friend and will always be there for you. Things have changed significantly throughout my senior year though. At the end of my junior year, I started dating a guy who I am still with today. Throughout the summer before my senior year, I started hanging out with my friends less and less; I like to think of it as a good thing though. A couple of my friends got into bad habits that I did not want to be around and so I stopped hanging out with them. My boyfriend not only made me feel loved, but I also know that he cares for me more than my friends do, he would do anything for me, and he will always have my back and stick up for me. Throughout this year of school, my friends have completely changed into people that I do not even want to associate myself with. They are into the party scene hardcore, they are always causing drama with one another, and they are going behind other “friends” backs and talking bad. No one wants friends who you cannot trust and respect. This has taught me that love can sometimes be deceiving. My friends who I thought I could depend on have lost all my trust or respect anymore. I can honestly say that my boyfriend is also my best friend and my friends are just now my acquaintances and to me this is a positive outcome. My parents have been married for 27 or 28 years and do not ever plan on getting divorced. Throughout my entire life I have never seen them argue or bicker over stuff. This gives me hope that someday I will have this type of relationship with another person.
To me love is a big thing that should not be taken for granted. Love comes from people who care about you, would do anything for you, and will support you no matter what. The people in my life right now, I truly love. I do not know what I would do without them and throughout my entire life I have experienced love in the most positive way possible.