He said, she said: define love

Paulina Howard ‘15
EE Co-Managing Editor

The ideals behind Valentine’s Day are lost, covered up by the superficial complexities of new and better dates, lavish and expensive gifts, and overthinking how to make your special someone feel, well, special. Whatever happened to just enjoying the time you have with your someone on Valentine’s Day and having that be enough? Sure, love is different to every person, and all that. We as a society have just accepted that saying. But, instead of just brushing off that love is different for every person, lets investigate just how different we are really talking. What is everyone’s different definition of love? Check out THS seniors definitions of love.

Thus, to say love is different for every person is such an understatement. Love is a book of lessons, a compilation of acceptance of yourself and and someone else, and a culmination of tolerance and daydreams.

It’s a story that needs to be written. Some forms of love fill less pages in your life book, while others have more. It’s all about timing and what is right for you. For sometimes, love is to be selfish. It’s the shy smiles in between classes, the late night conversations on the weekends that get deep real fast.

The comfort and protection of being next to that special someone while watching a movie together. It’s a concept that we cannot solidify into one Webster Dictionary definition. It’s a concept that forms the backbone of our own individual lives.

As for myself, love fits into a quote that I think defines it perfectly for me. For, “What is love?

Are your palms sweaty, is your heart racing, and is your voice caught within your chest? -it isn’t love, it’s like…Are you proud, and eager to show them off? -it isn’t love, it’s pride. Do you want them because you know they’re there? -it isn’t love, it’s loneliness…Do you belong to them because their sight makes your heart skip a beat? -it isn’t love, it’s infatuation…Do you tell them every day that they are the only one you think of? -it isn’t love, it’s a lie…Does your heart ache and break when their sad?…Do you cry for their pain, even when they’re strong? …Do their eyes see your true heart, and touch your soul so deeply it hurts?…Do you stay because a blinding, incomprehensible mix of pain and relation pulls you close and holds you there?…Do you accept their faults because they’re a part of who they are? -then it’s love.” ” ~Anonymous

Damaris Hernandez, THS Senior
“Love for me is the nervous feeling you get when you’re about to see that person, but then feeling so calm and at peace when you’re with them. It’s not only liking that person, it’s loving the way they think and knowing that they won’t hurt you. It’s the feeling that you know in the end things are going to work out. It’s feeling so secure knowing that a person fell in love with you for being you, for being none other than yourself. It’s when you’re feeling down and they say anything to make you laugh…”

Gabby Christy, THS Senior
“I think love is when you spend time with someone and you notice all of their flaws. They chew gum too loudly, they sleep with a disturbingly large amount of pillows, and no matter where you are, they have something to criticize. At first you wonder why in the world you spend time with this person and then you get it. Love means that you notice all their flaws, but won’t change a thing about them anyway.”

James Ormsbee, THS Senior
“To me, love is when two people have a connection, a spark. They have to love spending time with each other, making each other feel special, and have to have that urge to protect them through life’s hardships, no matter what the rough patch is. It’s not about looks, it’s about how you act and the chemistry you have with each other.”

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