Do you ever ask yourself what does love mean? Love means different things for different people. For some people, it’s an intense feeling deep in your stomach and through your heart. For other people, it’s more of a sense of calm, relaxation and comfort. There are three main types of love: love for family, love for friends and love for a significant other.
Love for family is the natural love most of us are born with. Families are the ones that will always be for you. It’s usually the first place we think of when we think of what unconditional love means. Family love is naturally resilient. You can get mad and bounce back, argue and love each other at the same time. The love learned with family is the love that leads you through the rest of life.
Love for friends is slightly different. Love within friendship is a balanced emotion. It usually just starts at the base of friendship and slowly develops into love. Love between friends usually doesn’t need a label—it’s more of a thing that is expressed through acts. Sometimes the love between two friends can develop into something more. That’s when love between significant others comes in.
Love between significant others often has sexual tendencies attached to it. Friends can be more reserved and have more guidelines to follow for physical boundaries, but with a romantic relationship those boundaries tend to be erased. Generally speaking, love for a significant other is exclusive. Most people only choose to share this kind of love with one partner. This love, in its most intense form, can last an entire lifetime. It can also be the most painful type of love.
As Morrie Schwartz said, “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in.”