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Teen Talk: Teens define, show love in many different ways

Relationships are like Rome. Difficult to start out, incredible during the prosperity of the ‘Golden Age’ and unbearable during the fall. Then, a new kingdom will come along and the whole process will repeat itself until you come across a kingdom like Egypt ... that thrives and continues to flourish. This kingdom will become your best friend, your soul mate and your love. -Helen Keller

Love is a strange emotion. Everyone has their own definition for it, everyone shows it in different ways, and everyone possesses it at one time or another. And it is just a word until proven to you.

Of course, there are different forms of love, such as the love for a child, which could be the strongest love of all, the love between a boyfriend and girlfriend or the love for Ben & Jerry’s triple-fudge chocolate ice cream. The intensity of your affection for these things varies, respectively.

I believe that love isn’t finding the perfect person; it’s seeing an imperfect person perfectly. But isn’t it weird how we set up “qualifications” for the right person to love, when in reality the one you love will always stand out?

When you are in love, it’s almost as if you have blinders on and you can’t see what others are looking at from the outside, but you feel as though you have never seen so clearly.

The hardest task of all is dealing with falling out of love or a breakup. It can sometimes be compared to a broken mirror — it’s better to leave it broken than to hurt yourself trying to put it back together. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but it’s usually the healthiest action.

Love is like magic because it is one of life’s greatest mysteries. It can transform a commonplace existence into one of joy and happiness. It is unselfish and giving. No matter what anyone thinks, love cannot be bought. It is one of the last free items we have left in this world. And into this world of darkness and silence it brings light and sound.

Love is funny because it’s never appreciated until it’s gone, never has value until someone has it, and just when you decide to give up on it, it finds you again.

They say you never know what you have until you lose it. I don’t think this is true: You know what you have, but losing it is what makes you appreciate it.

So treat the ones you love with the respect and kindness they deserve because, after all, love is the greatest gift of all.

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