Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:01:30 AM
Love is more than just a word, it is an emotion. You can’t simply tell someone you love them unless you are 100% certain you do. Everybody feels love in different ways but it affects everyone the same when they figure out the other person doesn’t feel the same. It hurts you in a way that is difficult to explain. It makes you feel lower than you can ever feel. The worst kind of pain is not physical, physical pain does not amount to nearly anything compared to the truly horrendous emotional depression felt from heartbreak. At the same time, it can bring you higher than you ever would believe you could be. No fun or happiness compares to how you feel when you have a good time with the one you love. For these reasons, love is bittersweet, with positive and negative consequences. However, there are different types of love; and family love is completely different from romantic love.
Family love is the kind of love that you have but you don’t necessarily feel. It’s the type of love you don’t realize you have until it’s gone. In this aspect, family love keeps your emotions balanced and keeps you content as a person. On the flip side, you feel highly depressed and regretful for the time you didn’t spend with your loved one before they were gone. In this way, romantic and family love relate to each other. You know you love someone in a family way when the challenge presents itself. For example, if your parents are separated and your mom/dad is moved out of the house, you probably feel yourself grow closer to the one that’s gone. That’s because of our love for our family. Humans love their family almost unconditionally, and would do anything for them when that love is in danger of being stripped away from them. This is also why we do almost anything to keep the romantic love we possess.
Romantic love is the love that gives you butterflies, the one that you truly feel a deep sense of affection. You spend hours talking to the person you love, even longer thinking about them. You know you love them when seeing them gives you those special butterflies and brings a smile to your face for no real reason. Being with that special someone during a time of depression can make you feel normal because of the distraction and overwhelming amount of emotion being put into your love. This changes you for the better, making it so you have some real life experience of being in love. At the same time, it sends you spiraling back downward when your relationship with someone you love ends. Romantic love is a selfish concept, and you want that person all to yourself. Learning to cope with sharing that person and promoting healthy conversations and actions between each other is a good way to keep a strong bond. Surprisingly, a bond of love can be broken very quickly, considering how strong it typically is.
In conclusion, love is an important thing in life that can promote overall wellness or tear it down. Love is a powerful emotion that is not to be mistreated and handled without care. This is why the definition of love may be bittersweet, but the paragraphs above are the explanation.