I love you?

Love is a word that is so often misused, abused and mistreated. It seems to float in the air and land on whatever is fitting in the current sentence of words. I LOVE you, I LOVE food, I LOVE your pants, I LOVE that song, I LOVE God… It seems this word should be reserved for the best. Or perhaps, when expressing a deep feeling for One who deserves the utmost respect and love, we should use a different word?

I often wonder why English in particular is so vague with this word. Many languages have multiple words for our one word of love and each of these multiple words has a specific meaning describing love. But, us? All sorts of love are lumped into one category making it confusing and demeaning in some instances.

But, what if there are other words to describe love, but we just don’t use them? The dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection. What if instead of, I LOVE(have an intense feeling or deep affection for) grapes, we would say, I LIKE grapes or I really LIKE grapes (Depending on your flavorful inclination towards said fruit). There are many others, adore, fond of, cherish, like, delight, treasure… just to name a few.

I know I am guilty of this too. Saying love to describe your passion for something just seems so much easier. It’s sort of like a habit. However, when we use it to really describe that intense feeling of deep affection. The word loses it’s specialness because in our last sentence we had just described our love for pickles.

What if we could change our mindset, make love special again? Something that you get excited about hearing. Something reserved for that moment when you realize you cannot live without it. An intense feeling of deep affection. That is what love is.

I want you to know that if I ever tell you I love you, I don’t say it out of habit. I say it to remind you that you’re one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and I never want to see you leave my life.