5 people you will love in your lifetime

It’s February, the love month, so we’re supposed to talk about love. But when we talk about love, some people only think of a guy/girl or a romantic love. Here, I am going to share those people we love other than a guy or girl:

  • Our Family. Desmond Tutu once said, “You don’t choose your family, they are God’s gift to you as you are to them.” Thank God I didn’t have to choose my family – my parents (most especially), my sisters, brother-in-law, my nephew, and my niece. If not, I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am today. Our families know us inside and out, with or without make-up, with or without shower, our mood swings, our weaknesses and strengths. There’s nothing you can hide from them. While we don’t always agree on everything, we fight, we argue, we get into each other’s nerves, but at the end of the day, we are still family. They will always be there for us no matter what.
  • Our Friends. I love my friends who don’t give up on me. I’m not perfect – I have mood swings and I’m very sensitive. But thank you to those friends who accepted me, those friends I don’t get to see and talk more often, but who’ve been there with me at the lowest point in my life; who just listens to me, who takes time to see me, who understands me, and who shares everything about them without hesitation.
  • TOTGA (The One That Got Away). I had this long-time friend with whom I developed romantic feelings with. While he admitted to having the same feelings, his dilemma was choosing between having me and a family or pursuing his life-long dream. At first, we tried working out our “mutual” feelings just to see where our feelings will lead us but eventually, we had to give up each other because we both knew it wouldn’t last anyway. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions I made in my life because while I set aside my feelings and let him pursue his dream, I felt proud and happy because I gained the respect, trust, love, and support of his and my family and our entire community and I was part of the fulfillment of his dream. We still see each other though as friends and he looks happy and fulfilled.

“They say if you love someone, then set them free. If they come back again and at the end, it was meant to be.” – Some Good Things Never Last

  • Our Dearly Departed. It is really sad to talk about these people whom we loved so much but had to leave ahead of us and go to a place where there’s no more pain, no more sickness, and no more sadness. There’s nothing we could do about it. To my favorite niece Rianna, my grandfather Ricardo, my grandmother Constancia, my uncle Jessie, and my aunt Victoria, you may be gone but your memories will live forever in our hearts. You are dearly missed.
  • Our Better Half. He will come from another country or place, with different background, customs, traditions, attitudes, and lifestyles. You won’t always agree, you’ll have personality/opinion clashes from time to time, but that someone will make you do things you’ve never done before, will make you go out of your comfort zones, who will make you happy, sad, angry, kilig, and excited at the same time, who will love you, accept you, understands you as you are – with or without shower or make-up. Cliché as it sounds but it is the kind of love that is worth waiting for.

Some people are blessed to have found their better halves, some people are still searching for them, but don’t fret. Not finding the fifth love doesn’t mean you are less of a woman (or a man), you have four others to fill you up and I think they are more than enough to live your life.

“The best kind of love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts, and brings peace to our minds.”

This is a monthly blog collaboration and our theme this month is about love. For more stories, check out these amazing and truly inspiring writers who participated in this blog collaboration. Happy reading and hope we inspired you:

Jane Love: What Manner of Love is This?

Swati Kadam: Complement

Ipuna Black: A Mother’s Love

Nicolle K: There’s No One Right Way to Love

Sadaf Sidiqqi: Love and Respect

Sonyo Estavillo: Love as a Solution: Diving Below the Superficial

Divyang Shah: Love the Living Being

Barb Caffrey: Celebrating the Love of Friends




Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

20 thoughts on “5 people you will love in your lifetime

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  1. I love your perspective! What a great overview of love from so many different angles. I hope you find your fit. Stinks on TOTGA, but if the timing is right, it will happen. And I’m so sorry about your losses. Rianna is an angel.

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  2. Great post! I love how you wrote about different people that we love in a lifetime, not necessarily just romantic love. ❤️
    My condolences on your losses, and you’re right that the ones that have gone on ahead will always be in our memories. 🙂

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  3. I liked how you rightly pointed out every form of love, some bring us joy and others some nice memories. The common quote is so true, “they say if you love someone, then set them free. If they come back again and at the end, it was meant to be,” it’s all destiny. Sad to hear about your losses. Hope this year brings good things for you. Take care.

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