Male, 23, Single

What does romantic love mean to you?

Love is being a servant to your significant other and putting their needs before your own. Love is taking the time to know the soul of someone else. The Bible defines it best, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

What is the difference between platonic love and romantic love?

Platonic love allows for some of the same elements: wanting the best for someone else, looking out for them, but romantic love adds in the element of wanting to be with that person as much as possible. In normal circumstances, people get sick of each other if they are around each other too much. There has to be something else that keeps you together. Its the want and need to be with that other person because they add so much to you.

Why do you (or we, if you don’t) seek love?

We all want to feel like someone else will always be there for us, even beyond your best friends. Someone who knows our soul.

Is there one perfect person out there for you, or can you, through selfless loving, have a great relationship with someone very special?

I think that it is possible to have a relationship with most gals I meet, its more of a question of whether or not it would last. The thing I always keep in mind is “Knowing what I do about this person now, could I see myself marrying them? If not, is this relationship really worth it?”

Should, and do, men pursue women that they are interested in? Should women pursue?

Men should definitely pursue. I certainly agree with the idea that men are becoming wimpy and not manning up to approach women. While I don’t believe there is anything wrong with a woman pursuing a man, I don’t believe its necessarily something I would expect out of a gal. A man should pursue a gal he’s interested in. There’s something to be said about a guy who can take initiative.

If you are in a relationship (especially if you are married), how did you know that was the person for you? If not, have you ever been in love, and how did you know?

Knowing that you are in love is a tough one, mostly because I have been burned by telling a girl I loved her and having the relationship explode on me. Afterwards you feel like you can’t trust yourself. I place a lot of weight on telling someone I love them. However, Love is something you not only say but show. Using the love languages book or however you want; you can discover what elements of love speak directly to you.

How do you stay in love, or make it last?

Be always working on a goal, always have something going in your relationship. A stale relationship not moving anywhere ends quickly.

What do you love best about the opposite sex, and what do you dislike the most about them?

-The smile of a pretty girl is like nothing else.
-Women tend to be incredibly hard on themselves when it comes relationships and over evaluating their significant other’s responses to romance. Men often don’t mean anything by things they do not do.

What advice would you give? Love related, but anything at all to anyone at all.

If you want to start a relationship with someone, assure that you can solve problems with that person and that they are willing/mature enough to do so. Every relationship has problems and you become stronger when you can work through them.

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