Do we love our beloved ones? Do we truly do? What is it to truly love someone, whether it’s a lover, a friend, a child or a parent? I was thinking of ‘Love’ and how people have different perceptions about it. What is love about? Is it about giving the ones we love? About being there for them? Enjoying their company? Missing them while being apart? Hoping to have them by our side in our happiest moments and darkest ones?
While some people see love from this paradigm, many others don’t. ‘I love you’ for them means I want you to be mine, I want to own you, I expect from you to see life through my eyes, to obey me, to do what I ask for, to surrender completely to me, dissolving, even fading, forgetting who you are and who you wish to become.
Do we tend to control our beloved ones, to limit their freedom, to suffocate their existence claiming to do it out of love? Is this true love?
When feeling in love with another person, we ought to review our understanding of love. True love empowers people, sets them free, nurtures them, unleashes their potentials and makes them shine from within, accepting and cherishing them for who they are.
Are you shining? Do you help your beloved ones shine?