Love: A Final Frontier

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One day we will conquer space. After that, humanity could evolve enough to understand and conquer the rest of the galaxy. When that happens, we will be exactly as confused about love as we are today. Strange, no?

We are so in love with the idea of love that we romanticize it to no end. Movies, novels, websites and certainly many other forms of media are guilty of this. In addition, we often place this burden of love onto our careers. Whether you want to admit it or not, society’s romanticization of love has crept into everything

Do what you love. Love your lover wholeheartedly. Love takes work. What if we’re confusing love for passion. If you search passion in google this is the first definition you will see. Nearly every definition is an indicator of something that is intense, temporary and consuming. With the exception of the last two definitions, there is always an implication that passion will not last. So why do we confuse the two?

Sure it may only be conjecture, but everyone knows at least one person who left a relationship or job because the spark died. Of course, the spark died! All sparks die eventually. No one is to blame for that thought process, after all, fizzled sparks do lead to love sometimes. As a globally love-obsessed society, we’ll take any chance we can get with the elusive beast.

Love is a state of contentment. Passion is difficult to control, and love has no reason to be controlled. Where passion requires an endless supply of energy, love doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, relationships and careers take plenty of work. Love, on the other hand, is like finding a pair of gloves that fit perfectly.

When you truly fall in love with someone or something, you will realize that every subsequent day would be better with that entity in your life. Passion is no guarantee of that contentment. Throwing all of your passion into something still means, through the divine miracle of life, that you can fail miserably, or even unwittingly hurt those whom you love. Love is knowing that all failure is minuscule and possible to overcome. In this sense, courage is the pillar on which love rests.

Don’t get confused. Passion can definitely be a great thing. Just realize that passion and love are not equals. Hell, it’s possible to be passionate and be loving towards a single entity. Just ask yourself, “What am I fueling my passion with?” No one else can answer that question for you. If your answer is wrong, you better hope that there is love in your heart to fall back on. Fireworks aren’t reusable after they explode; neither is passion.  Love, on the other hand, is as limitless as you want it to be.

 

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