Welcome to the Buttontapper Challenge, February edition! This month’s theme is TRUE LOVE, and today’s prompt is What love means to me.
Here’s my response, as I actually aim to play along with my own prompts this month:
“Love is a many-splendored thing! Love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!”
I am Ewan McGregor’s character in Moulin Rouge! I am the eternal romantic, hungry for love songs, poems expressing undying love, and ever searching for The One.
“Love is just a game.”
But I am also Satine, the silky courtesan, jaded and through with love. Love is only for those with enough money to pay for it. Love is cruel, particularly to women. Love is often merely lust, with fancy window dressing to make you believe.
How can I believe in all of these things at once? Because I’ve been there. I’ve been giddy in love, and I’ve had my heart broken. We all have our highs and lows with love. Even if we aren’t talking about romantic love (and I have been, so far), love in other forms can be just as difficult: friendships, family bonds, striking the right balance with employers or employees, and even finding time for kindness to strangers.
What, exactly, is LOVE?
Love is everything. Love makes the world go ‘round. Love isn’t quite ALL you need in this lifetime, but it sure makes up for a lot when you’ve got it, and it can feel like the end of the world if you don’t.
Someone once told me “The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s apathy.” That has always stuck in my mind, and I am reminded of it today, thinking about love and of our society that could use a lot more of it. I may just be a hopeless romantic (and, at times, a jaded cynic), but at least I love wholly, with all my heart. There is no room for apathy here. I open my heart wide this month, embracing love in all its forms.
Check out the full list of prompts for this month on the Buttontapper Challenge page, and join in on the fun by posting with the hashtag #ButtontapperChallenge on social media.
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