“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey”. – Vera Nazarian
Once upon a time, a group of children between the ages of 4 and 10 were asked to share their thoughts on love. A 10-year-old girl responded: “I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” Another child, half the age of the first respondent, said: “Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.” One other boy, this time 9 years of age, said: “A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases together.”
Beneath the hilarity, these young kids’ endearing responses range from the cynical through the optimistic to the mature, all of which indicate that defining love is not a straightforward task. After all, much older philosophers, religious scholars, researchers, workers and the unemployed have also taken on love – listing even a fraction of well-known responses will be an exhaustive task. Ideas of love are also widely disseminated through creative artists: we have all watched, read, or listened to movies, books, plays, music, and poems that are themed in love.
There is no real consensus, even if we think about its antithesis. In this case, some say it is fear, some say it is hate; others offer anger as the opposite. The reverse of love could be one or even all the three negative suggestions. Whatever your view, love is an important emotion, feeling, idea, or notion. Once you are motivated by love, it is much easier to achieve tasks or at the very least get through issues. What completes love is when you profess it the way you should, and it is reciprocated in the way you would love. Obviously, this symbiotic situation does not imply that life’s problems go away. Still, facing challenges in unity is akin to switching from attempting high jumps by mere jumping, to using a pole vault: the difference is sharp.
In the same questionnaire as mentioned at the beginning of this post, one precocious 9-year-old child said:” Love is foolish…but I still might try it sometime.” Find the right person while being the right person yourself, and to paraphrase Steve Jobs, “stay foolish” together; it’s the best feeling in the world.