The Classification of Love
Love is a funny thing. It comes in many different hues and it’s almost impossible to determine what kind of love it is until a person experiences it firsthand. Throughout a person’s life, she will find herself in many circumstances of love. Odds are someone will experience each type of love at least once in their life. Love can be confusing, happy, and painful, but we all look forward to experiencing it at some point in our lives.
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska
Unrequited love, can be by far, the most painful. An unrequited love is a situation in which a person loves someone, but the feeling isn’t mutual. It’s a one sided love, where a girl may like a boy and have a feeling that he’ll never like her back and vice versa. It can be the most painful because each day and every day, she might find herself falling more in love with the boy, even though happiness will never be found in that type of love. Unrequited love is also the hardest to get over, solely because of the fact that so much time was invested in one person and nothing was received in return.
“But I think we both knew, even then, that what we had was something even rarer, and even more meaningful. I was going to be his friend, and was going to show him possibilities. And he, in turn, would become someone I could trust more than myself.”
― David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy
Platonic love is the simplest of all loves. There are no strings attached and no...