This makes me think, how often do people say things they don't really mean? I may say, "I love this commercial!" But is it really possible to love a commercial that I've seen maybe 5 times? I kind of feel like the statement I love is simply a go to when people don't really know what to say. So they go with I love fill in the blank to satisfy the need to give gratification. They know they want to say something, just not what. Saying it over and over again kind of makes other people wonder whether or not you really mean what you say.
It can also seem really vague at times. There's not enough information and it's usually not followed up with why they it. Just that they love it. Where do you go from there? If someone comes up to me and goes, "I love chocolate!" I'm thinking, "Okay, great you love chocolate. ..." End of conversation. But if someone says instead, "I love chocolate. The way it melts in my mouth and has that sweet, yummy goodness. But also a little bit a of bite, that you only notice when you sit there enjoying the chocolate-y goodness. I love the way it warms my stomach and leaves me feeling happy and satisfied." I can then agree with you and share why I love it. Then the conversation is going somewhere.
So I've decided that from now on I'm not going to say I love something unless I really, truly love it. Like deep down love. Like my love for Cheez-Its and Green Day. [Don't ask how it's possible to love Cheez-Its, all I know is that I do.] I believe that by no longer using I love as a go to statement I'll allow myself to be more descriptive and exact. Which is, hey!, signs of good writing. Kind of like speaking in the active voice rather than the passive. [I'm well aware that this is my weakness sometimes.]
|This right here is love.|