21 January 2013 in , ,

I love you.

I. Love. You. Three little words that pack a punch. Or so it seems. I love you, describes the deepest emotion or a mention in passing. How is one supposed to tell the difference? I find the phrase contrived. Is eight letters enough to cover such a gigantic spectrum. Check it: 

"There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by  halves, it is not my nature." ~ Jane Austen

"Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence." ~ David Byrne

"I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything." F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Love is one of those jokes you have to be there to get." Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are many stories here. Those of lovers and those of friends. Some will argue that love is love. I disagree. Fair, in terms of defining the word - love is just that, love. But love as one word describes a multitude of feelings. We don't love our friends the same way we love our family and we don't love our family the same way we love our significant other. Yet all those emotions are compacted into love. It doesn't seem fair. Their, there and they're get a bit of variety, it seems love should as well.

Dun dara duuuuun! GENERATION X and Y to the rescue. Along with OMG, WTF and BTW we came up with a sophisticated word that branches slightly away from love. Luv. I've used it. I've on occasion seen, "I wuv you" and that quite literally makes me want to barf. Why isn't there real options out there.

I often wonder why we are so scared of this emotion. Love. Me included. It scares us because it makes us fall. It makes us lose our mind. It stretches our character out like play-dough. It stretches it so far that we become a new being. When love touches us we are never the same again. That is terrifying, to leave the old, familiar corners of our soul for something completely new. Isn't that what we are all searching for, to fit in somewhere? I'm not only referring to romantic love. So just keep that in mind.

But you know what damn it - I don't care if it's love, luv or wuv (threw up in my mouth a little here). But really! I hope you have it all because that's what makes life worth it. The reflection of yourself in other people. The fact you did enough things right to have another person give you and hug and whisper "I love you" or whatever other variation they choose. Quite frankly, I also hope that you have someone to say it to. A friend, your Mom, your boyfriend, someone. At the end of the day we all need it. Now, if you're a person that doesn't, maybe watch Oprah or get a puppy because there is seriously something wrong with you.

I might be to hung up on words and love is just love or luv or wuv.

How do you express that you care about someone? 

the outspoken introvert  

10 Comments So Far:

  1. I love the quotes you picked, and you have a good point. I do think that along with the strange forms of the word that have been created it's also overly used. I do it myself...I love this shirt, I love this chair, etc. I'm trying to catch myself more and more really thinking do I really love this or am I using the wrong word here. Not that it hurts to love those things too, but if you love everything then what makes the really special people/things in your life different from the rest?

    Obviously it takes a lot more than just saying the words to someone, and in a couple it can even become routine to say the words to each other. It's in the way you treat the people/things you love that count not how often or which words you choose to describe the way you feel about someone. If you are treating them right, it doesn't matter what word you use :) Right? :) I really liked this post!

  2. hehehe- notice my first sentence! See, I told you I'm bad, I really really liked the quotes you picked for this post :) better?

  3. Bravo! Great Post!! But for us gen X and Y -ers, you forgot, love ya!, I heart you, loveeeeee this, and then the "I love him, but I'm not IN love with him" lol. Totally agree that its our answer to the their, they're and there version. But hey, 100 yrs ago they went on one date, said I love you, married a mth later and poped out multiple children. Imagine if they had a chance to differentiate the different kinds of love."Xoxo"


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