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: