What does love mean to you?

Now I need to apologize for this.
This might be the topic I least expected to be talking about in my blog.
But a challenge is a challenge (The Daily Post). So feel free to help me out.

Love.
I believe love is the most complicated thing to talk about because it comes in so many forms and it means so many different things to different people.

Perhaps the most famous categorization of love is by who or what you’re loving.
There is love for God, family, friends, husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.
But with all these definitions for love, I think the common thing between all of them is that:

Love is a feeling.

Like happiness, sadness, or anger, I believe that love is a feeling that comes and goes.
I know it sounds so cynical. But just think about it.
Even our love for our family is not that stable. Sometimes, even if we can admit to it or not, they tend to makes us feel all this other kinds of feelings (feelings that we cannot associate with love).
But the most important thing is that we still love them again anyway.

This is where true love comes in. I read somewhere (and so agree to it) that:

True love is a commitment.

And this part is where it gets tricky because who has the patience and kindness to be committed?
These days, they are just rare and hard to find.

Okay. Now that is just another story.
I will stop right now because I hate it when I start to sound “preach-y”.

Cynicism and cheesiness aside, I believe that love is a beautiful thing.
And if we could just spread love and feel love 24 hours a day, it would be magical.
I blame this magical feeling for making me such a sucker for Broadway musicals, Jane Austen, and cheesy romantic comedies.

I am just afraid that all this artful postures of love are just art and that’s it.
And all the passion (can’t eat, can’t sleep, butterflies in your stomach stuffs) are  just seen in movies, heard from songs and read in novels. Because the truth is:

“True love is like the lochness monster.
Everyone has heard of it
but no one has ever seen it.”


Challenge | Make an argument for why weekends should be longer

When I read today’s Daily Post Topic Idea, I was stuck.
I did not know how to go about it.
Mainly, because I may be biased due to my current situation.

For almost 6 weeks now, I have been in my pajamas 24/7. The only times I would get out of my PJs are when we have dinners at relatives’ houses (and these were still thoughtless outfits, mind you). Taking this long break from work really made me miss it and actually reflected on the value of work. The art of doing something is really fulfilling in a lot of ways.

So when asked right now to make an argument for why weekends should be longer, I would ask right back: Should it be longer?

I know. Harsh.

I remember the times when we are knee-deep into work in the office… working until midnight… and always looking forward to a 3-day weekend (a 4-day weekend is a jackpot!). And just learning how in some European countries actually do have usual 3-day weekends just makes me green with envy. It makes us think, we should, too, right?

I also recall one summer when I was in college that government offices did follow a 4-day work week. The reason, if I remember correctly, is so that parents could spend more quality time with their kids at home. Although the intentions were good, I believe this was really not necessary (especially for government offices). I mean, come on. Their jobs are usually 8 to 5 in a very relaxed environment. I don’t mean to demean or put down government employees. I actually envy them. My mom has been serving as one for over twenty years now and has made us all go through college with her small salary. But working 5 days a week did not lessen our bonding times. Plus we all know how small the income of government employees are (except for those corrupt. :P) — a 4-day work week means less income.

So I believe to answer the question: should weekends be longer?; depends on where you are actually working.
That’s my take, anyway.

What do you think?
I am ending this with no mind-opening conclusion but to pass the challenge to:

Make an argument for why weekends should be longer.

P.S. Please share your ideas by replying here or by sharing your blog url.