I like many of us have I've experienced many different forms of love. Many of these are often taken for granted or seen as 'like' rather than love. Some dream of finding the perfect partner, others are more active, seeking a connection here and there until they finally find someone. This unfortunately is what we usually think of when we think of love. What we tend to forget, is that there are many different forms of love. Kids are some of the best teachers when it comes to subject the of love. Kids aren't afraid of expressing their love. As an adult it's easy to think "they are just saying it so often due to their age" or "you can't use the word love that much". But I think that kids sense and see how much love is needed in the world, especially today. As adults we build our walls high and are afraid to use the word love unless it's to address the feelings between us and our partners. To quote a movie that I love (see what I did there!); love actually is, everywhere.
I've found myself in situations were I've felt sort of ashamed to express my feelings of love. For some reason my love of strangers has always been greater than that of my environment. Also I have no personal space whatsoever and I can get very touchy feely, something that Finnish people feel weirded out by, so I try my best to tone it down. But I think all of us need to feel physical touch not as in sex but as in hugs or gentle strokes on your back, intimacy. It's a human right to feel the physical side of love. Another love language I operate with is helping others. More often than not I do these little things for people as a way to express my feelings towards them rather than saying it out loud. My point being that the way we express love may change depending on our age but it is still there no matter how much effort we put into trying to hide it.
The love between friends is something I wish everyone would get to experiences at least ones in their lives. Very often people think of friends as people to spend time with and see when your partner isn't around or the once whom will help you get over a terrible relationship. To me friends are soulmates. If it doesn't feel right then they aren't my soulmate. I have a few friends that I love, probably more than anything in this world. They are way more than just people to share a conversation with sometimes. They are the people whom understand you and share a life with you. Isn't that beautiful? To know that someone gets you and you get them. Don't get me wrong, sometimes opposites attract even in a friendship way but I think everyone also needs at least one friend who is similar enough to understand them but different enough to have their own thoughts, dreams and values. And a friendship is never easy either, just like a partnership conflicts and times of separation due of course occur but only a true friendship will continue growing on despite hardships. I once told one of my friends: "no matter how much we fight or whatever you do that might be annoying it will not make me leave you." That was me saying; I love you.
As we grow older we might start to notice our environment more than we did as kids and teenager when the main focus was on other people in our environment and how our environment makes us feel. As adults we often see our environment for what it is and often it may seem grey and dull. But within this reality check hides a true gift! Our view on the environment may lead us towards acceptance and seeing beauty in the little things around us. We might not always feel happy with the state of our lives or the place that we live in but hey isn't that sunset beautiful? Aren't I kind of lucky to be alive right now and having the pleasure of enjoying it? Yeah, I do love life after all.