Its funny yet depressing how everyone carries on during the 14th of February. Some have their love and are happy and post it to the world how happy they are and thats a beautiful thing. But this year, more than any other, i noticed these notes and sentiments to either try and appease those without a significant or to encourage these same people that life clearly exists outside of love as some consolation. Those that have love focus on what they have and those without it cant help but resent it deep inside. Some downplay it in an attempt to ignore the pain but who are they really kidding? Love is the driving force of the world. Love for another, love for a higher being, love for materialistic things. Thats what runs this world whether we like it or not. A day, tailor made for love, exists and depresses, represses, reinforces or reminds us about whats real. Love is said to be a feeling, but for the majority it is the realist thing they will ever encounter in their lives. Love is bigger than religion and is bigger than life because it goes deeper and cuts harder because it is the bedrock of our society and our collective state of mind. Love is beautiful. And yet it is beautifully destructive, almost poetically so. Those that dare to love have the most to lose, but they are the true heroes for they do it out of devotion, out of a sense of whats right and because it fuels them. Those without love remain unscathed but they also miss the beauty of the world. They straddle the mundane. They embrace the ignorance. They are like atheists. They choose not to subscribe to the belief of love, but that choice alone recognizes that there is such a thing. Billions have their individual beliefs but billions more recognize one thing above all else. And that is the concept of love. It isnt merely chemicals in the brain. Its the butterflies in the stomach and it is the skipping beat of the heart. It makes us and it breaks us. Appreciate the love that is given to you. Because who knows when it might disappear when you least expect it. When its most needed. Love yourself and love others. Dont be afraid. Be fearless. Go forth. Be cavalier. Love is out there. Find it and do your best to respect it. Because goodness knows not everyone has it when they really want it or when they are ready. Love is the answer and love is the curse. But love is whats drives us in the end. Recognize it. Use it. Keep it while you can and make the best of what love youve got. Because others might not have it, believe it or not.