A Penny Thought

“I Love You”

I’ts what everyone wants to hear, right? What people strive for, what life ultimately revolves around.

Personally, I don’t like the phrase. It’s just so generalised, misused, commercialised, and lacks meaning. Yes it’s nice to hear from someone you feel emotionally invested in,  because it’s a display of affectionate feelings and promise.

However, it didn’t occur to me until recently that I don’t want to hear that. I was so caught up in wanting to fall in love, because I thought it would bring me happiness. Nothing else mattered and the ultimate goal in life was to find someone to tell you that they love you. I was wrong.

It turns out that there are more affectionate things you can say than the three words plastered across social media. Today, I overheard an elderly man walking by as he carried his wife’s purse. He said:

“After 50 years of marriage, I’m not going to tell you I love you, because by now you know that. Instead I’m going to tell you, that you inspire me, you give me strength, and you matter.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d take that over an ‘I love you’ any day.

Just Penny Thoughts.




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