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Love can be a curse or cherished for an eternity

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Westwind Weekly

Love is in the air. Love is a battlefield. Love is a many splendored thing. Love stinks.
These sentiments of love and love’s broken promises to the heart are a part of everyday life. People love. People are in love. People are out of love. People don’t want love and people don’t need love.
Humans run the emotional gamut each and every day of their lives. Love can be good, for those who have a significant other to share life’s mysteries but love can be a kick in the teeth for those without someone special or don’t even care about the whole love thing.
As John Mayer put it, relationships sometimes are in a constant state of “Heartbreak Warfare.”
Cupid is either beloved or loathed — depending on the situation. On Facebook, users tell their “friends” they’re in a relationship or it’s complicated. One lover gets down on one knee with a ring in hand to ask another for their hand in marriage. It is hoped a “yes” is in order. In high school, young sweethearts dance slowly at school dances, while others stand against the wall terrified to ask another to dance. Students in elementary school send Valentine’s cards to one another, in hopes of getting one in return.
It has been said, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” — but for those who have lost a loved one or have been dumped, the saying stings and cuts deep.
Valentine’s Day, for them, can be a difficult time. It can be an emotionally trying day, as those who have lost love try to cope with the empty feeling inside. Where love dare not speak its name.
For those — when birds suddenly appear, every time their lover is near — those lovers long to be close to each other. Being apart is excruciatingly painful when love is alive and well between two lovebirds. There’s nothing quite like being in love and when love is good, as The Beatles sang, “All You Need Is Love.”
Many humans can admit they’ve been on both sides of the coin. Sadly, some have never found true love and too many have lost it, for one reason or another. Life is too short to be alone, unless that’s what you truly do want and/or need.
Love, is a curse. When it’s good, it’s good but when it’s bad, it’s bad. There are no winners when love fails. When you fall in love, the curse is being afraid to lose it. When you don’t have love, the curse is being without it.
Tina Turner asked, “What’s Love Got To With It?” Plenty. As it’s been said, love makes the world go around but it can also sink a sailing ship, as it sinks to the bottom of the ocean of love, forever lost at sea. All these cliches can be nauseating but can be adored.
Love is both heaven and hell. Love can be a pleasure or a chore. Lack of love can be devastating — both with the passing of a loved one or a broken relationship fizzling or already fizzled out.
If you’ve found love — cherish it. If you want love — put yourself out there and be willing to compromise to sometimes find it. If you are content being by yourself and alone — then so be it.
Most importantly, above anything else, learn to love yourself.

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