Whenever I need a break from writing and researching in the office, I visit Design is Mine to look at inspiring images. During one of those visits, I saw this photo with a powerful message:
I was taken aback by the words. I got scared. I feared for the day when love would become absent in my life. And without love, I would be nothing.
I'm not just talking about romantic love here. I'm here where I am now because of love - love for what I do. I'm a writer in a magazine because I love writing, and that's what I decided to do because I want my job to be something that I love. I've been part of the school paper since fifth grade and I took up journalism for my dream to come true. And now, I'm thankful that I'm a writer. Most of the time, it doesn't feel like work at all.
I believe love enables one to do something extraordinary. A mother risks her life carrying a child for nine months and giving birth to him/her because of love. A teacher comes up with new ways of teaching a boring subject so students would love to learn about it. A couple decided to be strong for each other as they build their dreams and work for them to come true because they can't imagine a life without the other.
When the time comes that I no longer see or experience love in my life, maybe I would turn into a soulless person, driven by nothing but earning money for myself. Maybe I would no longer be friendly and cheerful, and would just snap at anyone at the slightest provocation (read: bitchessa). Maybe I would no longer be moved by anything, thus making me not only soulless by heartless as well.
So I don't want to learn not to love. It doesn't only make the world go round. It makes a world for me.