One of the hardest things about growing up is learning to love people for who they are and not who I want them to be. It's easy to love someone when they are perfect, and that's why love is so hard for all of us. We all want to be loved like we are perfect, and we want to love someone who is perfect.
I am learning to love without conditions. Life is too short to put expectations on love. At the end of our lives, everything else falls away. There is no time to redo the things you missed, to replace the words you said in anger, to offer the love withheld. All we have are regrets to what might have been.
Love means that you are always loved, especially when you are at your most unlovable. Love cuts through time and distance. It heals invisible scars and leads us through the darkest nights. It is the only thing we can take with us when we return home. Love is all.
Imagine the world we would have if we all loved without conditions. No thought for religion, or appearance, sexuality, gender, race, or any of the other conditions we use to keep us safe from love. A world with people transformed. When you are loved without conditions by one person in your life, you become extraordinary. You can give unconditional love to others in your life. The love transforms all of us, one person at a time.
My wish is for you to be loved unconditionally. My hope is for you to learn to love the same way.