Love is valuing something greater than you value yourself. It’s knowing every day that you have one day less to spend with every other, however it’s still another day you have together. And in understanding that you try to make each and every day count. You try to diminish the arguments and disagreements and focus on the person you have in front of you. You don’t feel insecure around this person. You don’t have to impress them, or hide parts of yourself from them. You don’t feel like you have to pretend around them to ‘protect’ them from who you truly are.
They are the person that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. They are the person you strive to be more like- you admire them and their excellent qualities, and they challenge you to be a better person every day. It’s not that you would change for them, but that you would try to be better for yourself. They are your companion in all things, and as such, they move through different parts of your life seamlessly. There’s no friction over things you two don’t see eye to eye on. Any part of your lives that you disagree on, you still admire and accept, due to the fact you have confidence and value their judgment.
It’s accepting someone even even though they are damaged, it’s caring about them because they are just them and you do it all due to the fact they are just them not because of what they have, not because of what they can offer, however because you love them. It’s saying, “I love you,” and asking yourself if you say it too much and then realizing even forever isn’t long enough to tell someone you love them. It’s being terrified together, joyful together, mad at each other, forgiving each other, going through trials, trusting each other, sharing secrets, values, beliefs, ideas, and helping each other through hard times. Love means between part of a team, and never having to be alone.