I like to like.
I like color. I like your facebook post or blog. I like music in the background while I paint. I like coffee in the morning. I like a good glass of red wine and a great conversation.
I use likes like gold stars: a judgement and evaluation, an A+, a thank you for making me smile, cry, feel good, like myself. I don’t have to explain it, I just like it.
I purchase things I like. I watch movies I like. I spend time with people I like. I consume what I like.
I surround myself in likes. It feels good. I like to like.
I’ve been taught like is a prerequisite of love. Convince me that I like you and then maybe I will love you.
This is the love dating model. I can’t possibly love someone or thing unless they pass the “like” test and earn enough likes, points, smiley faces or gold stars. Then perhaps love.
Logically, I believe that I am the owner of love. In fact, I am love. I hand out love the way I give likes, but more exclusively because love is exclusive, precious, scarce, protected, coveted, sung and written about, painted.
I’m so pretty being the embodiment of love. I like owning love. I feel in control, protected and powerful. Its cozy like this.
You must cultivate and penetrate my wall of likes to earn my love.
Earn my love. Love is an economic exchange? The more likes you give me, the more I might love you.
That can’t be right. I own love and give it out like a confetti of glittering stickers, stars and likes?
Truth: I have skipped prerequisites and plainly loved. I love my children, even if they were never born. I love my family and they make me completely crazy. Oh god, sometimes I don’t like my husband, but I love him. I fall in love with my closest friends within three minutes of our first meeting. What about love at first sight? What about unconditional love?
What if I don’t own love? What if love doesn’t live in me?
What if … Love begins when I shed my protection of likes?
What if… Love lives outside me and life is an adventure in seeking love?
What if… Love is a chemical reaction that occurs when I discard my likes and surrender to love?
And this…completely changes the way that I live.
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