This post is part of a 30-day challenge I took Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011.
Day 05: Definition of Love.
If you type “love” into my iTunes, 222 songs come up. This means that there are 222 items in my iTunes library that have “love” in the title, album name or artist name. Seems to me that love is pretty popular when it comes to expression. That’s why I used a song that didn’t come up with the word “love” in the title at all. I like irony. Also, Green Day’s “Last Night On Earth” will probably be the song I dance to at my wedding. No joke.
I think what defines love from all other human emotions (but is it an emotion?) is that it’s the root of so many actions. We adore, display compassion, show who we really are, lie and even kill because we love. That seems a little weird to say, but think about it: if you love someone, when they ask you “do I look okay?” even with paint under their nails and their hair in tangled patches, don’t you say yes? They really don’t look okay, but you love them so much you don’t care, and so you lie. Same thing with kill. Grr, I love you so much I’m going to kill your wife so you can be with me.
Love can be explained scientifically and it’s displayed in many species of animals. It can be explained away by psychologists and biologists. I think that to really figure out what love is, however, you have to experience it by both loving and being loved. Maybe that’s why my definition is so scattered right now; I’m not in a place to be able to tell what romance is. I can tell you easily what parental love is. See Day 02’s entry for that. Sisterly love? Yeah, my sister and I love each other to death. Friendship? Got plenty of that, too. I’m still missing the most publicized, however. Romance is not the most dominant form of love, it’s just the most profitable.
I think love can conquer most things, including hardship and illness. I’m not a hopeless romantic, mind you: if you’ve read some of my posts, you’ll know that I’m fairly skeptical to what people do in rom-coms and what they do in real life. Maybe that’s why I like Love, Actually so much. It shows the highs and lows of love, all wrapped in Alan Rickman’s voice, the British pronunciation of “Wisconsin” and a really cute little kid.