Okay. Marriage is a legal contract between two individuals to spend the rest of their lives together. But does love have a legal binding too?
Why do we tie it to so many restrictions? How do we know if the feeling is love? Is there a need to measure who loves us more or categorise it? Let's find out.
A young girl reaching home after school and feeding her pet dog first before eating her lunch first is LOVE. A teenage boy sharing his favourite icecream with his friend, even though it's the last one with the seller, is LOVE. A husband cooking dinner and massaging his wife after a hectic day at work is LOVE. A grandson climbing up the tree to fetch mangoes for his grandpa, who had planted the same tree many years ago but now cannot reach up to the mangoes because of his hunched back and support of walking stick, is LOVE.
A girl, who hates fishing, gives a hand at it for her boyfriend, to make him smile and enjoy, is LOVE. A teacher scolding his student for repeating the same mistakes again and again but pacifying him and practicing with him all over again is LOVE. A mother using newspapers as fans to keep the heat away from her children but letting herself get exhausted and drenched in sweat is LOVE.
Love is everywhere. In abundance. In every shape, form and size. In every true relationship. Be it with a human, thing or nature. So why build the fences? It's all about giving and not expecting. You are not purchasing fruits from the supermarket where you pay and expect in return, remember? You love, with flaws and imperfections, to LIVE your life. Not just survive it.
The simplest, purest form of love is self-love. You must love YOU. This is the first and most important rule. Giving and not expecting does not equate to letting yourself get exploited emotionally and physically. You should be your most prized possession. Not your gucci bag, your child, your career or your cat. Nope. You should be number 1 on your speed dial of life. Once you start loving yourself, there is no stopping. So fall in love. And love hard.
Keep loving. It's hidden in every nook and corner. Those butterflies in your stomach and that tingly feeling that brings a goofy laughter, a shy blush or a content smile on your gorgeous face are waiting for you. But this time, remember. There are no rules and regulations. No "I accept all the guidelines" checkbox. It's pure LOVE. With no terms and conditions applied!