Three Things Love Has Taught Me
Being in love–what a LOVE-ly feeling! Almost every one of us will experience it at some point of our lives. I used to think that love is like what the stories depict–a girl and a boy will meet and know each other, eventually fall in love, and, after overcoming problems along the way, will live happily ever after. But as I grow older and began to experience it myself, I realized that love is much more than what some books and movies portray it to be.
And behold! For I wrote this to share with you three of the many things that love has taught me:
We might not experience those fairytale-like love stories, but we'll have our own love story that no other fairytale can top.
1. Love is not just for people with opposite sexes.
Instead of a damsel in distress and a prince charming, imagine a scenario between two prince charmings or two damsels in distress. Still looks cute, right? Well, there a lot of these kinds of relationships nowadays. Who knows, maybe you who is reading this right now, is currently in one. Thankfully, people seems to be more accepting of the LGBTQIA+ and homosexual relationships as well. It is not even shocking to see homosexual couples outside. I know there are people who still don’t like the idea of this kind of relationship, but I do hope they just keep their opinions to themselves if they have nothing good to say. I’m just glad that people can be proud of their significant other, no matter what their gender is. Love, after all, should not be caged inside the idea of sex.
2. Love is not meant to destroy or hurt you.
They say that pain is the twin of love, that getting hurt is the consequence of falling in love. Based on my experience, this is indeed true. Being in love does not equate to rainbows and butterflies all the time. Whether it’s because of your partner or your own expectations and assumptions, you will get hurt. The pain may be overwhelming you wouldn't want to be in love again, but know that that's not the point of it. This may be clichèd but the pain will make you stronger, molding you into a wiser person.
3. Love takes all forms.
Some people go out of their way to find someone to love, and will love them back, only to come back broken and scathed. Some people learn from the experience, while others do this again and again. What these people have it wrong is the thinking that love means a romantic relationship with someone. But in reality, you could find it anywhere. Love does not necessarily mean a significant other. You could find it in yourself, in your family, in your friends, in God (if you’re faithful or religious), and in a lot more.
So...there you have it! I have a few more things to add in there but that's for another time. Whoever and wherever you are, I hope you get the love that you deserve. We might not experience those fairytale-like love stories, but we'll have our own love story that no other fairytale can top. So, just keep loving!