Many of you have probably heard about the song “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles (one of my top 3 favourite bands). It’s been stuck in my head a lot this week and it got me thinking a lot about love. I think that a majority of people are afraid of talking about love and I am not sure why. Once I heard someone say, “Love is the one thing in life that can bring you as much pain as pleasure.” I think that this is very true, however we shouldn’t always look at it that way.
Love comes in many different forms: platonic, unconditional, relationship etc. The Greeks came up with 8 different types of love including Eros (erotic), Philia (affectionate) and Philautia (self). Seeing as love has been talked about for centuries shows that it must be an important part of humanity. I am currently taking an Intro to Ethics course (philosophy based) at my University and the other day in class our professor asked us, “What is the most important thing in life?” A few students pondered this question and some responded with happiness, wealth, education or health. After discussing these answers my professor said, “What about love?” Everyone in the class paused and my professor continued, “Without love, we wouldn’t have access to all the other things mentioned. We need love to be happy, to succeed in life, to learn and to be healthy. Love cures all of these things and opens the door to a numerous amount of opportunities. I think love is the most important thing in life.” After hearing him say that, I couldn’t agree more.
Love allows us to live. It allows us to grow. It lets us see the beauty in the world. We as humans shouldn’t be afraid to love. We should open our hearts and let them swell up with love and emotion and depth. Love opens up new pathways to incredible journeys. It gives us new experiences, both good and bad that we can learn from. We shouldn’t be afraid of love. Instead, we should love everyone around us. Whether it be our parents, children, partners, friends, teachers, strangers or ourselves; love them all equally and unconditionally. Love gives us hope and love gives us life. We shouldn’t fear it; we should embrace it. Love your career, love your relationships, love your life. And most importantly, love yourself. It will bring you endless amounts of possibilities and joy.
Learn to love, love.