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Definition Of Love

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When I was a teenager, I watched a little movie called Cinema Paradiso and it forever changed my life. I still vividly remember how it ignited my soul, and set my imagination on fire. As corny as it sounds, this little movie gave me some of the most magical lessons about love, life, and happiness. After watching it, I promised myself that I would be fearless in following my heart in everything I did in life, and that I would never settle for anything less. I remember thinking that I would rather live a life full of disappointments than a life full of regrets. It might take courage (and a lot of failures and heartbreaks) to live the life of our dreams, but it is the only way to live for me.

You see, love really is the magical ingredient of life. To live – to truly live – we must dare to love deeply, greatly, and fearlessly. Love is not about wanting to be with someone or wanting to do something in life. Love is about not being able to breathe without that someone or something in your life. It is your existence. It is your purpose. It is your reason for living. A life without love is emptiness – it is a parched flower starved of water, an eternal winter without spring, a dark midnight without sunrise. For me, love is the greatest act of courage. It is embracing the truths that live in our souls, and daring to live them. And when you truly love another person, his/her happiness is your happiness. In many ways, love is sacrifice. For our greatest loves, we are willing to sacrifice everything. In life, we don’t choose what or who we love. Love happens magically as if it were somehow written in the stars of destiny. And, as with all matters of the heart, it really is all or nothing.

Our souls are ignited. Or they are not.

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