How has love changed in the last decade? The meaning of love is different for everyone. It’s the one that doesn’t need to show itself to the world, nor does it need to prove itself. It saddens me (and please feel free to disagree) when there are people who feel the need to sleep around, seek attention or cheat.
By seeking attention, I mean through social media. There is a difference between showing a photo of you and your partner enjoying your time or a photo that is sexualised. The whole concept of ‘relationship goals’ is unrealistic, and we raise the bar of perceived perfection to a level of complete dishonesty. It defines it in a materialistic and shallow way that does not show the power of infinite love. Our partner, family, friends, pets, neighbours and so forth connect us on different levels. Love never ever discriminates. This is one I really want to touch on, because so often in the world there is a huge amount of negativity towards gender, sexuality, race, body image, personality and so on. We often forget that love is accepting and therefore neglecting others can create hurt.
Sadly throughout the past decade, divorce rates have accelerated more than ever before. We set higher standards, expectations and the need to be equally committed is not always returned. But, love knows that people make mistakes, that forgiveness is freeing and accepting others flaws is important. Because, well, no one is perfect. And frankly, love is not perfect, which is why it is so beautiful. Love is understanding. We all argue, fight and have misunderstandings. It’s the willingness to resolve problems and work together that keeps people going. Remember that love is not fast, but something that grows over time, the way a seed takes time to grow into a flower. Most of all – Love starts from within.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7