What is your definition of love?
Like many other powerful words in the English language, love has been used to describe those strong feelings you have about your football team, pair of jeans, or flavor of ice cream. That description of “love” is better described as “I really like this one the most”. But my definition treats it as a noun, not a verb, and is a real thing that lives deep inside you.
I believe love is formed when a person opens their heart to another and lets that person become a part of them. Open long enough and carefully nurtured, that person becomes an internal part of you, as important, if not more, than yourself. You want for them everything you want for yourself, safety, happiness, security, and more. You will put yourself in danger so they’re not. You’ll put their feelings ahead of yours. They become a part of you. When you lose them, it’s unbearable, at least for a while, because you’ve lost a part of yourself, not just them, and you miss that dearly.