I Asked 11 Men What Their Favorite Thing About Being In Love Was (Besides The Obvious)

I Asked 11 Men What Their Favorite Thing About Being In Love Was (Besides The Obvious)

11. Tom, 74 "'The intimacy of decades.'"
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Being in love is different for everyone. Different people have different expectations, different likes and dislikes, and different things that they look for in a partner. Everyone will also have a different favorite thing about being in love.

So, I decided to ask 10 guys, of all different ages, about what their favorite thing about being in love is...and let me just say that my inner romantic was happy crying the whole time.

1. Ryan, 17

"My favorite part about being in love is just knowing that I have a best friend that I can go to whenever I want with whatever needs I have. It is great to know that I can completely be myself without having to worry about what the one I love might think of me. In the loneliest of times, I know I am not alone because of her."

2. John, 75

"Having a special feeling like no other attraction to a person you want to live your life with and to show that love in procreation with a continued commitment to their marriage vows is what I love the most."

3. Kim, 41

"I have thought about all the gushy reasons why everyone ‘loves to be in love’. All true but what I always come back to is the word ASSURANCE. Odd, I know, but this is why. Love offers the ASSURANCE that you can always be yourself. Too often we have to hide/disguise our true emotions whether it is at work, out in public, or even with our closest friends. Although this does not always bode well for the one we love, we can at least be true and real. Love also allows for the ASSURANCE that you always have someone to lean on. Lean on for a question, an idea, an Atta boy, a hug, and a laugh. No judgments. Love gives you the ASSURANCE that at the end of the day you will always have some that have your back, whether they agree with you or not. Even when you are in a solo sport, you always need a team/coach behind you to make you stronger and successful. I cannot imagine surviving this world without Love, ASSURANCE."

4. Dan, 52

"You have a true best friend that you can share everything with. All your dreams and fears; your smiles and tears; the good and the bad — all that stuff. A partner who will always be by your side and be there to support you. Someone you can love and share life with."

5. Mason, 24

"I love being able to watch her succeed and reach all of those tiny milestones that lead to our future together."

6. Brandon, 19

"Yeah, the family is nice to have and all, but sometimes you just don't want to talk to them or you don't think they'd understand what you needed to talk about. Having your person to go to with anything and everything, knowing they will care, knowing they will help in any and every way that they can, knowing they won't judge you (unless it's playfully), that's amazing. Then on top of that, just having that one person you know you'd be happy doing anything with and enjoy being around every single day is definitley amazing."

7. John, 53

"There are a couple of things that are my favorite. First, is being with someone who you are always looking forward to sharing life and a laugh with. Life can be harsh at times, but knowing you are with someone who can change your outlook with a simple smile is priceless. Second, is the romance game that goes beyond what happens in the bedroom. It's more about the game of constantly wanting to win her affection, of course leading to a trip to the bedroom, when she is constantly changing the rules of the game or hiding the prize. After 30 years of marriage and 5 years of dating, I would say these are my favorite parts of being in love and they never get old."

8. Stephen, 20

"Being able to share and spend life with someone and have somebody always there for you - you are never alone."

9. Matt, 39

"My favorite part of being in love...... That is a hard question to answer, at this stage in life I would say it is the team stage. [My wife] fills all the voids that I create, I may go to work and make the money but she is the one who maintains it, spends it wisely, or saves it. That is only one example, another one is I may build something but she gives it life, what I am truly saying is she is the glue or mortar. Earlier in life, I loved her adventurous attitude, wanting to travel. At the root, she takes care of me and the kids and always tries to put God in all that she does. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with her and the stages along the way. It's everything that I love! "

10. Kyle, 16

"It gives you someone to go to for anything and makes you realize how blessed you are to have someone in your life that special."

11. Tom, 74

"'The intimacy of decades.'"

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To The Boyfriend Who Makes It Feel Like Valentine's Day Every Single Day Of The Year

I couldn't ask for better.

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If love is in the air and it's all over your Instagram feed, that can only mean one thing: Valentine's Day is approaching.

When it comes to Valentine's Day, people typically try to go over the top and demonstrate how much love they have for someone else through giving gifts. Whether that's flowers, chocolates, or going out to dinner, the gifts are meant to show that it's a special day that's all about the person they love.

That's not the case for me.

Valentine's Day is just another day to me. The love I receive from my boyfriend on a daily basis makes me feel like a queen every day, so nothing will really change once February 14th rolls around.

To him, I just want to say two things: thank you, and I love you.

Growing up, I never thought I would know a love as wholesome as yours. I sure as hell never thought I would deserve it, either, but you've shown me my worth and what real love feels like.

I used to not know my worth. I used to only know love as something that turned toxic and controlling. You changed all of that once you came into my life. You have shown me a healthy love that was trusting and unconditional, and I'll love you forever because of that.

I don't need Valentine's Day to know how much you love me. I don't need flowers, chocolates, or anything material to know that you see the rest of your life by my side. I know all of these things because you consistently show me that they're true on a daily basis.

You show me love in everything you do, whether that's holding the door open for me when we go out to eat, asking me how my day was, or making sure that my mental health is okay. You always greet me with a hug and a kiss, and you make me feel like I'm the most important person in the entire world.

You don't need to demonstrate a grand gesture to prove to me that you love me because I've never once doubted your feelings for me. You always tell me how beautiful I am and all of the things you love about me. I'm so thankful to be so head over heels for someone who cares about me with all of their heart.

I could never ask for someone better than you to be my partner in crime. You know me better than I know myself and I love every fiber of who you are. I know that in everything you do, you have me in your mind and your heart. You've shown me what it means to truly love someone, and for that, I'm so grateful.

Thank you for showing me what I deserve, and thank you for making every day feel like the most romantic holiday on the calendar. I love you.

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If You're Grossed Out By PDA, Then Don't Look At Me And My Boyfriend Kissing, Easy As That

Building my relationship and showing my boyfriend how much I love him will always be more important than catering to someone's bitterness.

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Whenever I see two people kiss, I always smile to myself briefly before looking away. That may sound weird, but honestly, there's something really heartwarming about knowing that other people are happy and in love. In a world that all too often seems full of hatred, heartbreak, and suffering, I try to value little moments of love. I've always felt this way, regardless of whether I was moody or happy, single or cuffed, and having a good or bad day. But apparently, other people, as I've recently found out, don't feel the same way.

"Do you two ever brush your teeth?"

"Are you picking bugs off of each other?"

*Other various glares and audibly annoyed sounds*

Talk about a mood killer, right?

I'll never get what possesses people to say stuff like that when there's a simple solution to this problem.

Don't like it? Don't look.

No one is forcing you to watch us be affectionate with each other. You can easily turn around, check the notifications on your phone, or talk to whoever you're with instead.

I've kissed my boyfriend in LOADS of places: restaurants, bus stops, school buildings, carnivals, parks, beaches, cars, apartments, social gatherings, and so on... And I can promise you that even when you act disgusted by what we're doing or make a nasty comment about us, we're not going to stop. So there's really no point in wasting your breath or expending energy on overdramatic facial expressions.

Even if just for a brief moment, try to think about why a couple might be showing affection for each other in public. (News flash: They're not doing it to deliberately make you comfortable.) It's more than likely that these two people are making the most of a moment.

They're happy and in love. There's nothing wrong with that.

On the flip side, why are you making such a big deal out of something that doesn't involve you whatsoever? My guess is that you're either unbearably lonely, jealous because your own relationship isn't suiting your needs, or just generally coldhearted. If any of those scenarios are true, I wouldn't be surprised. You chose to be hateful and rude over being civil and staying out of matters that don't personally involve you.

Regardless of the circumstance, it's a you problem that you need to work out on your own time.

Just like communication and effort, affection is an important part of a relationship. I want my boyfriend to know that regardless of where we are or who is around us, I will never be embarrassed or reluctant to kiss him or touch him. His feelings guide my behavior. He's my #1 priority. Building my relationship and showing my boyfriend how much I love him will always be more important than catering to someone's bitterness.

You can't avoid being around happy couples in public (really, we're everywhere), but you can change your reaction to them. And that's that.

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