Love: The Strongest Emotion Known To Man
It is Valentine’s day my Junior year in high school. I sit at my lunch table across from the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. Her gorgeous blond hair and sparkling blue eyes are breathtaking. We met and became good friends in seventh grade and I had the biggest crush on her ever since. As the bell rings signaling the end of lunch, I approach her to confess my love for her. As I try to talk to her my heart begins to race, my palms sweat, my mind begins to race, and I cannot remember what to say. After seconds of hesitation I finally begin to speak, “I-I-I dropped my pen. Have you seen it?” “Joey,” she says, “it’s in your ear.” I quickly snatch my pen out of my ear, “Ooo, there it is. Thanks for your help, see ya.”
Why was it so hard for me to talk to her? Why does love make us do strange things? It makes us laugh, cry, smile, and frown. Some people try to rationalize love. What we have to realize is that love cannot be logically explained. One cannot explain why they love him/her. It just happens. Love can cause us to be the happiest we have ever been, but it can also leave us very sad. Although it can make us do stupid things, it can also drive us to do great things, things we could never do otherwise. This is why I believe love is the strongest emotion known to man.
A friend told me that, “Love is that feeling of completeness, it’s that feeling of excitement, passion, and being able to be yourself and show off every true color.” Being in love is feeling complete, and when you are not with the one you love, you feel like you are lost. Seeing the person you love is excitement. When in love, seeing them the 10th day in a row should feel like seeing them for the first time. Passion is intertwined with love. It can be shown a number of ways, from holding hands, to kissing, to sacrifice.
Love is joy. I am the happiest when I am with a person that I love, but love is also hardship. That is an understatement, for love can cause so much more than hardship. Loving that girl that I could not talk to made me miserable. Love is not a ring, necklace, or any type of present. Those can represent love, but love is giving your heart to someone.
Love is in all of us. We all have the power to love. Love will make us do crazy things, from crying to laughing. Do not give up on love, tell the one you adore you love them, or give them a second chance. If they need time, give them time. Have hope. You never know what will happen.
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