Falling too fast
Lorrie Chan, Staff Writer
April 1, 2012
Filed under Opinion
The word “love” is an overused word in today’s society. Teenagers are throwing this word around as if it was just another word. However, the word “love” was never meant to be as simple as it is used.
Love is a deep, passionate feeling that should be a word only expressed when one truly does have a strong feeling towards another person. Yet the word is used by many people to only mean ‘I like you’.
Teenagers are too quick to “fall in love.” Often times, teenage couples are barely together for three weeks and the belief of being together forever is already imprinted in their minds. In most cases, that isn’t true.
Growing up, it has always been implied that falling in love equals a happily ever after. Yet, the one thing that seems to slip teen’s minds is that falling in love is not with a person’s outside. Getting to know someone through their personality, the things they like, the things they dislike, and their little habits is what makes someone fall in love; but not through those silly twenty question games. Love should come from being with someone long enough to pay attention to their every little detail.
It seems kind of ridiculous that teenagers would think after being acquaintances for a week or two, they have found the love of their life. It is quite possible that there are couples who do last forever, but it is a rare miracle. Those high school sweethearts that last forever, have at least known each other long enough to claim that they truly are in love.
Instead of actually feeling the emotion deep within their hearts and souls, teens tend to think that the simple rush of butterflies, the nervousness, the constant thoughts of the ‘significant other’, and the stuttering when they’re around the person all leads to being in love. All these little habits of crushing on someone makes teens believe that they love the person. When in fact, it’s mainly imaginations picturing a perfect someone that gives off those little feelings.
The word “love” should mean much more than the way it is used. Saying ‘I love you’ to someone should be something special that is cherished. Love should be a strong feeling felt within the depths of the heart and not just because of loneliness or because it’s a simple liking.