If you've ever fallen truly and deeply in love, you have been transformed in ways you might not even have realized.
True love touches everyone at least once in their lives, and for those who are fortunate to find their love requited, their lives are changed forever. If you are among those who were lucky enough to find true love, whether you lost it or continue to experience, you no longer see the world the same way. There's something about falling for someone so wholly, so intimately, that strips away all your layers and exposes the real you, the person inside with your passions, fears, strengths, emotions, vulnerabilities, and desires. Being brought in touch with this inner person while you explore the most intimate depths of your lover is a transformative experience, and it teaches you what it really means to be in love.
When you love someone so wholeheartedly, so earnestly, you learn what it really means to be passionate about someone. You pour your heart into your lover, giving them all you've got because you know life without them would be so much less meaningful and purposeful. They're on your mind all the time, and you prioritize them in every way, investing your time and efforts in growing closer to them. It becomes easy for you to become passionate about other things in your life, like your goals and ambitions, once you've tasted the passion that true love brings.
Being so passionate about someone requires you to take risks, to be vulnerable, to express yourself in ways you've never done before. You discover that when something so important to you is at stake, all your fears and insecurities that hold you back quickly melt away. You find that you're willing to make the most of every opportunity to deepen your bond, and you're willing to take the plunge, as long as it means you get to love them fearlessly. Tapping into this newfound courage within you to love someone with no regrets can embolden you to be yourself. You are no longer afraid to live the life you truly want for yourself.
Perhaps the greatest gift you can give another person is your unconditional love and acceptance. True love is a love that is freely given and returned in equal measure. No matter the wounds that are inflicted on you or the pain you go through, your love remains strong. Your capacity to empathize and understand others exponentially increases, and you find within yourself the ability to forgive and let go of hurts. You become willing to extend this kindness to others, and you become a more patient and tolerant person with a generous heart.
Being with someone who appreciates every single part of you from your appearance down to your soul shines a light on everything you once hid away for fear of showing the world. Having someone love all the parts of you that make you unique and knowing that they fell for the person you are can do wonders for your self-esteem. Your self-confidence explodes and you learn to treat yourself with the love and care you deserve. Even if you've loved and lost, you walked away from that experience with a newfound respect for yourself.
Perhaps the best thing about being in love with someone is that you constantly have to come to terms with your weaknesses and flaws and how they affect the one you love. You learn to accept responsibility for your mistakes with humility, and you grow as a person. You discover the value of compromise, and you keep your ego in check as you find ways to move past issues together and resolve conflicts in a mature manner. You choose to be honest and straightforward about your feelings and thoughts, because you realize that you can be yourself all you want with the person who loves you truly.