There are so many types of love, it’s cruel that the English language has granted us so few words to describe it.
I’ve encountered a variety of different versions of love as an adult, ranging from the purest, deepest, most selfless variety to the fickle, frenetic, and superficial kinds that leave a hole greater than they could ever hope to fill.
I’ve learned through my experiences with love that the ephemeral types, though exciting, are not worth the thrill. They burn, burn, burn, until they fully consume themselves and everything around them. Steadfast love, enduring love, is better – it’s there when you fall, picks you up, and dusts you back off. It’s the love you don’t deserve, but somehow are graced with if you’re one of the blessed few in this world to encounter it.
Love is binding, permanently and without reason, branding another person on your soul like a brilliant, bleeding scar.
Love is forgiving, beyond rationality or justification. Love gives a pass when one shouldn’t be given, and it’s holier/greater than the individuals who experience it.
A few literary quotes on love that definitely encompass how I feel:
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
― Holy Bible: New International Version
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”
― Tom Robbins
I certainly don’t deserve it, but I’m feeling awfully loved at the moment.
Have a beautiful day,
~ Victoria Elizabeth