“Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”
― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
I can’t say enough about loving others freely and not expecting anything in return. It has taken me some time to get to this point, but I wished I’d known more about love when I was younger. I wonder if I’d had a mentor to teach me the different stages of love, whether that would have given me some insight earlier in my years. I don’t know if that would have made a difference or not. Maybe that kind of wisdom comes in time.
Our schools teach sex education why not teach a class on Dating 101, Love 201, and Marriage 301? I’m sure the kids would roll their eyes on some things, but you know if it’s taught well, I bet some of it would sink in or at the very least plant a seed in their minds. I believe that would be a good start. If all we are teaching is sex education, guess what? That’s what their focus will be on as their hormones are high during this time. I think we should be preparing them for one of the biggest decisions they will make in their lifetime – who to marry.
My parents didn’t talk about love but my mom did have the “talk” about sex with me. I wish I’d talked to my kids more about love but I didn’t think I could give advise on something I’d made mistakes at. What I realize now is that in making bad choices, I became more knowledgeable and wiser.
You can love and care about people freely without asking for something in return. And one day you will find that one you FALL IN LOVE with. You should be able to be best friends, talk about anything and everything without ever feeling they will use it against you later, and share your hearts desires and dreams so you can help each other reach them together. When someone loves you, they want the very best for you. They don’t ever want to hurt you. There will be ups and down in any relationship, but love and respect for one another will be the glue that binds you. Always start with friendship because you never want to loose your best friend.
Love, and wishing the best for you,