What Does Love Mean to You?

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 February is one of those winter months where everyone becomes tired of the persistent cold and all the snow. This month, however, is also the one with Valentine’s Day, where everyone sets aside their weatherly woes and cherishes their loved ones. Now hopefully this isn’t the only time that people do this, but I digress.

What does it mean to love someone? I know I’ve posted on here before with a similar question (linked here), but I wanted to revisit it in light of the recent holiday.

 Recently while reading, I came across a word that encompasses what it means to truly love someone: altruism. Altruism is defined as the selfless concern for the well-being of others. Now although ‘altruism’ is not synonymous with ‘love’, it is without a doubt part of love’s definition. Yes, love is respecting someone and embracing both the good and the bad in them, but it is not selfish. It’s caring so wholly that you put someone else’s interests above your own. Can you say you feel this way about someone in your life?

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To me, that’s a lot to ask of someone. It sounds special and rare. How many people know what it means to love? Growing up, most people are trying to figure out who they are, what they want to do, going to school, extracurricular activities…is there enough time in there to figure out what love means too? Even after finishing school, there’s your career, bills to pay, and your family to take care of. With all of this going on in each of our lives, what are the chances that anyone figures out love? Is it something that needs to be figured out at all?

xxx Jedidiah

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