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Every single day, we talk about love. Not a day will pass that this will not be mentioned during our conversations, on the television, on social media, or even on our own thoughts. But the question is, what exactly is loveIs love a feeling or a choice?

At first, we would all, as teenagers, naturally say that love is a feeling. That love is an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. The giddy feeling of butterflies in our stomach.  But guess what? If we continuously clung on to this belief, we would never truly have a lasting relationship.

Why? Because love is not just a mere feeling. Love does not stop on just the feeling alone. For if it was, it would fade at one point or another. When we constantly get hurt the end point is that, our feelings toward that person would change. It is an undeniable fact that feelings are always changing and you can not build something that will last on such a shaky foundation.

It is a choice. Love is a conscious commitment.

Love is something that we choose to work out every day with a person who has chosen the same thing. When things are not what it used to be, when you weren’t as happy as before, you should choose to open the communication more. Choose to identify what is wrong- what is broken, and together, you try to decipher how to fix it. Choose to recreate something that is worth falling in love with again. Choose to continuously stay and fight even when it hurts. Choose to fall in love over and over again with the same person every single day.

 

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Catherine is a 20-something BS Nutrition student of the University of the Philippines, but her heart screams for the art. She is a freelance creative and model, an artist and a writer, and an advocate of human rights and the environment.

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