I responded with a concise résumé of love as I have experienced it.
"Love covers so many things: I still love my Gran (Grandmother), my confidante, who died thirty years ago – I miss her; I love my friends for just who & what they are; when teaching I loved my charges in loco parentis; I have been in-love and that is not the same as crushes, which are themselves a form of love; and my last partner of thirteen years and still mutually best friends, I adore. Love & sex together, for me at least, is a totally different experience to sex without emotional attachment (which is not to imply any moral judgement). And over the years I continue to learn to love myself, not as an egoïst, but as an awakening spiritual dimension (if that makes sense?).
I know not whether it is the same for everyone, but for me love appears when not being sought. Just live & carpe diem – and I am a generally happy, bed-bound, disabled chap! %)"
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