When it comes to love, the biggest challenge for most of us is learning something that feels counterintuitive when we’re looking at it from the outside. We don’t lose love by giving it away; that’s how we cultivate it.
I have come to understand that love is a deep and intense affection for someone without expectations or requirements. To love someone is to want what’s best for them, whether or not that outcome aligns with what we think is best. The people who need love the most are often the least able to show it. Love them anyway.
Love is not control or becoming a doormat. To love someone does not require their presence in your life, especially when that presence is not healthy for you or for them. You don’t even have to like someone to love them.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.