Steve Maraboli Quotes (Author of Life, the Truth, and Being Free)
The truth of being in love
Love is unconditional. It means giving yourself to the other person. To love is to respect, understand, accept, and to let yourself be loved. But underneath all that there are 7 great truths about love. They often go unnoticed, or else we take them for granted. Is love unlimited? Do I have to demand exactly what I give?
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These days, young people are falling in love all the time not even knowing if their love is real. Love is probably one of the most powerful emotions a human being can feel, and the surge of emotions that come from love, are powerful. Right away, we fall head first deeply in love with a person. We see a caring and loving side to them, a vulnerable side, and that they seem to only see you in the world and no one else, and instead of dipping our toes in the water, we just jump right in. We let ourselves feel that surge of emotions, we open up to them, and we let ourselves love. As humans, we crave the emotion of love.
There are so many people getting heartbroken when the person with whom it seems every star aligns turns out to be not who they thought they were. It always does. It must. The person you only get along with from a distance? The person you are having endless doubts about? The person who makes you feel worse about yourself, not better?
It took me a very long time to learn the difference between being in love with someone and actually loving that person. I learned the hard way, the very, very hard way. Hearts were broken repeatedly over the years, and although I wish the pain could have been avoided, the experiences taught me more than any book or class ever could. I grew up on fairy tales and love stories that taught me to believe that being in love and loving are the same thing. That couldn't be any further from the truth. Being in love with someone and loving that person are two different things.