Why Do I Love Thee?

"Rebel and Atheist too, why murmur I,
As though I felt the worst that love could do?"

— John Donne in Songs and Sonnets, "Love's Deity"

Why do I love thee? Let me count the ways that make me love thee.

We are always in love. However, do not get me wrong by saying that. I do not only mean it in a romantic way but in general. Love is a mysterious emotion that always confuses us and directs us to ways on how to express what it means. Nevertheless, the truth is we are being in love every day.

When we appreciate how beautiful the sunrise is, we are in love with beauty. We love nature. When we spend little time with our family, we are in love with belongingness. We take good care of other people who are dear to us because we care to love them. When we smile at a stranger, we are in love with friendship. By our affection, we make other people feel important and loved. It is love. We are in love not because people can give us what we need but because we can offer what others need that makes us happy and complete. In a romantic sense, true love is devoid of conditions. It is not materialistic. It does not ask for something in return. It has clean intentions. It is not bribable nor can be required; love is established heartily and of free will.

I am always in love every day, not because I have the habit of jumping from one relationship to the other, but because I am in love with all the things around me that make me see the beauty of life. Being in love is a good thing, it is a blessing and a one thing to be thankful for, that someone loves us too. And everything I do is for love. It is love that makes me wake up each morning because I am in love with life. It is love that makes me take care of myself and struggle for a better life because I am in love with myself. It is love that makes me share because I am in love with service. It is love that makes me understand because I am in love with respect. It is love that makes me calm and controlled because I am in love with discipline. It is love that makes me honest because I am in love with the truth. It is love that makes me fair and reasonable because I am in love with justice. It is love that makes me patient because I am in love with the worth of time. It is love that makes me sacrifice because I am in love with true value. It is love that makes me pitiful because I am in love with compassion. It is love that makes me sing and dance, smile, and laugh because I am in love with bliss and happiness. It is love that makes me hardworking because I am in love with duty. It is love that makes me pray because I am in love with faith. It is love that makes me hope because I am in love with possibilities. It is love that makes me loving, affectionate, and inspired because I am in love with love. It is love that makes me human. It is a feeling that makes me whole. It is love that we live for. It is love that makes our world go round. It is love that makes me seek you because I am in love with you.

Now, why do I love thee? I love thee because I feel in love with life every single day. I love thee because I can value simple things that make me a better person by loving thee. I love thee because you did not force me to. I love thee because I decided to love thee without doubt and remorse. I love thee because I am not afraid to struggle with you by my side. I love thee because you are not a mistake, but a special gift God gave me to treasure. My love for thee conquers all.

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