In this red month of love where everything be it item and service advertised is colored with a display of affection, we are induced to be in a good lovey-dovey mood throughout. I decided to pick up a love-related topic to celebrate the season.
I stand by the philosophy that we are nothing without love; that love gives life its meaning; that whatever we consider worth doing is done with love and passion. A loveless life is a miserable one-a cursed existence. It is everyone’s wish to live a long life filled with love so strong that it can conquer every challenge and make all the pain worth feeling but not everyone gets that wish granted.
On the other hand, life no matter how many years we spend on this earth is short. And short is relative; a young person dying at the age of thirty or less is considered to have lived a short life; well, living up to fifty isn’t that long either. And those who get to live beyond eighty, most of them are plagued with ailments such that they don’t get to enjoy the ‘long’ years they have so in the end, the time we really have to enjoy is quite short.
As it is usually quoted, life isn’t about the breaths you’ve taken; it’s about the moments that took your breath away. Love is beautiful if nurtured and celebrated God’s way. To live one’s life with the person you truly love coupled with working on something you’ve great passion for is a blessing in itself. Sharing the highs and lows of life with one person, loving and feeling loved in return is enough incentive to keep on living regardless of the brutal punches life throws.
Without love, life is lonely, hollow and bland. Unraveling love in its initial stages is exciting; butterflies in the tummy, the world suddenly looks beautiful and your mood is constantly cheerful. The romance is hot and passionate and it feels like you’re walking on clouds. The thrill wouldn’t always be there; it will deflate with time but seasons like Valentine’s help to rekindle such passions. I must say, falling in love with someone/something is a fundamental human right, don’t you think? 😍
Getting to live a long life without falling in love sounds incomplete; but living no matter how brief it is experiencing this gift of love is worth it. I wouldn’t want to restrict it to just passionate romance as the thrill is fleeting. Love transcends the heart-pounding and physical attraction moments. It is knowing that the other will always be there with you even in your darkest and trying moments; celebrating your success without envy and correcting you when you stray in love and not in judgment.
I’d rather choose a brief life filled with love over a long life without it.
What about you? What would you choose and why? Is love important to you or can you choose to live without it? Kindly share your thoughts: And happy Valentine in advance!
© Josephine Amoako 2017
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