He told me he didn’t know what love was. I responded with, “Love is when you put that person before yourself.” This is in the simplest terms and with no other way for me to state it.
Although I have no knowledge of what it feels like to be in love. I have felt the most potent forms of love in the moments my dad slipped away from me. I was blindsided with how much emotion consumed my body. It manifested itself physically in my gut, in my chest and in my eyes. I would have traded places with him if only for a moment just for him to have a break away from his failing body. For him not to feel thirsty and to have a sip of water as he begged to do before his final surgery. For him to be able to look into the eyes of my family around him to say “I love you” one last time.
I’m certain I know what love is. It’s the only thing that can cripple your body without physically touching you. It can make you explode from the inside out with how powerful it can be. And there is no other way to verbally express it and for the words to hold as much power as the feeling itself.
Love goes beyond yourself. It goes beyond your own self-interests and indulgences. It often can go beyond your logic. When you truly love someone, you will grip on as tight as you can as if you can stop even death from taking them away.
You don’t risk losing love with decisions you know will ultimately pain your love. You always have them in mind, in practically everything you do. You would hate to do anything that would disappoint them, because making your love proud is of highest priority.
And if you don’t know if you love them, you already have your answer. For love is so striking it’s impossible to not recognize it.