I am not sure why we don’t have an array of words that describe various levels of love in our culture. People seem to get confused with being in-love and loving someone, as well as being love and being loved. They have a hard time saying, “I Love You” easily. This is because they are not 100 percent sure what it really means.
They’re unsure if they mean it when they say it (or feel it), so as a result avoid it. They get confused and overwhelmed. Lost in the love for siblings, love for romantic partners, love for ex-romantic partners, love for teachers, love for friends, love for employers, love for students, love for grandparents, love for children, love for country, love for planet, love for animals, love for nature, love for work, love for hobbies, love for things, love for feelings, etc. — but the one that really confuses people most is, love for self.
I’m not going to go in depth here about my feelings on various forms of love. I will say that the love I express in my Sunday Is For Lovers blog (and in my work in general) encompasses all levels of love. They are all the same because they all have one root meaning, to me love is unconditional. End of story. All love if being used in the true sense of the word (and not for slang) is unconditional — to love under no condition. This meaning can be used powerfully for every level of love and every form of love.
We only have one word for love in English, but with this one word being used in many ways, the underlying intention can always remain the same. Imagine a world were everyone, every single person, loved you unconditionally. They just loved you to pieces just as you are! Wouldn’t that be great? Well, we can have that world, but it starts with us. So I take it upon myself to let it start with me.
I love you.