Unconditional Love

Now here’s a topic that I’ve thought about often.

Unconditional love.

I mean, I’m a flawed person. Being a flawed person, how could I honestly love someone unconditionally?

Is it even possible to love someone unconditionally?

What does it even mean?

Sometimes I wonder who I will fall in love with, er, rather let me rephrase that. I am in love with someone. But I honestly wonder if they know. So what does it even look like, this being in love?

I would wager that it looks like unconditional love.

So what is this?

Well. I’m glad you asked.

It is a love has no bounds and is unchanging.

It is affection without any limitations.

It means loving someone regardless of their qualities or actions.

It means loving someone no matter how they treat you, no matter who else comes into your life, no matter if they deny your existence, are thousands of miles away, look past you as if you’re invisible, and even see you in person every day.

They hold your heart and are not even aware.

They cause you pain and yet you still cling on.

You look at them, and you still get butterflies.

You try not to think of them, and they penetrate your mind.

That is unconditional love.

You would give them anything to ensure they succeed. You would do anything to make them happy, even if it meant you never spoke again.

I never thought I would find someone like that…and yet I have.

But this isn’t about me.

It’s about you.

Do you know what it’s like to encounter someone like that?

Someone who cares about you infinitely more than themselves?

I’ve been on the receiving end too. And at the time I had no idea.

But here’s the deal. When you find someone like that, don’t you ever let them go.

You are lucky if you find even one person like that in your life. That’s how rare they are. I found one whom I demonstrate that unconditional love to, and had one who did it to me. They are the one who will be there for you when no one else is. They are the one who will stand behind you when everyone else has fled.

This world is hard.

This world is mean.

You will suffer.

You will be ignored, annoyed, bored, hit, beat, and stomped on.

You will cry your eyes out.

Your heart will bleed with sorrow.

You will run out of tears at least once.

But.

You will also claim victory.

You will also triumph and celebrate in glory.

You will cry tears of happiness.

You will suffer pain in your sides from laughter.

And throughout it all, you will hopefully one day find another who will love you unconditionally. They will stand with you in the pain and the joy. They will be with you in defeat and triumph. They will see you at your weakest and your strongest. So do not let them go. Keep them close, because otherwise you will quickly find yourself downtrodden in this life.

I leave you with a quote that I once thought completely true…now, I am not so sure.

The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.

~Queen Elizabeth II

 

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