The Three Stages of Love
by Velden Lim
What is love?
That is the question. A lot of people use the word “love.” In fact, it may be one of the most used words in the history of mankind. Yet, it is also the most misunderstood.
In order to know what love really means, let me walk you through the three stages of love.
Stage 1: Delight
Delight is the spark moment. This is the time you fall in love. It is a magical experience. Ito ‘yung tipong nginitian ka lang ng crush mo, halos himatayin ka na at tila buo na agad ang araw mo. Ito ‘yung exciting part ng romantic relationships.
Because it is so effortless.
Take note of the word: Effortless.
Bakit effortless? Kasi nga when you “fall” in love, hindi mo sinasadya. Nakakita ka na ba ng taong sinadya at pinlanong madapa? ‘Di ba wala? Laging aksidente ito at laging sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon at paraan.
Kaya naman sa first stage, ang saya-saya mo. You are delighted. Because everything just seems so right. Para bang wala kang maipintas sa partner mo. Parang hindi siya nagkakamali.
Nagbobolahan at nagbabatuhan pa kayo siguro ng pick-up lines tulad nito.
Pick-Up Line #1
Boy: “Lupang Hinirang” ka ba?
Boy: Kasi naririnig ko pa lang ang boses mo, napapahawak na ako sa puso ko!
Pick-Up Line #2
Boy:Hindi tayo tao, hindi tayo hayop, hindi tayo lugar.
Girl: Eh ano tayo?
Boy: Bagay tayo!
‘Di ba ang corny ng mga banat? Pero halos mangisay ka na sa kilig. Bakit? Kasi inlababo ka eh. All logic is thrown out of the window sa stage na ito.
However, stage one doesn’t last very long. After a few years, or even a few months, darating ka rin sa stage two.
Stage 2: Disillusionment
Hindi magtatagal, mawawala rin ang spark. Bakit? Kasi nakikilala mo na nang mas maigi ‘yung partner mo. Dati, baliw na baliw ka sa partner mo dahil he is so perfect. You could not ask for more. Ngayon naman, baliw na baliw ka kasi na-realize mo ang dami pala niyang flaws. Habang tumatagal, nalalaman ninyo ang baho ng isa’t isa.
Nag-uumpisa ka nang ma-turn off sa kanya. Nakita mo na mainitin ang ulo niya sa traffic. Nalaman mo na mas vain pa pala siya sa iyo. Nalaman mo na madalas pala siya ma-wrong grammar. Hindi niya alam ang kaibahan ng you’re at your. Naglalagay siya ng letter ‘s’ sa iba’t ibang words na hindi naman dapat may letter ‘s’ tulad ng stuffs, equipments, at baggages. Big deal sa ‘yo ‘yun kasi grammar Nazi ka at best in English ka nung elementary.
Hindi lang ‘yan. Lumalabas na ang kagaspangan ng ugali niya. Nag-iba na ang pick-up lines niya sa ‘yo:
Boy: tao ka ba?
Boy: Wala lang, naninigurado lang!
Basag! He, he, he!
Ito ang stage two. Disillusionment. Nagigising ka na sa katotohanan na hindi pala perpekto ‘yung taong kinahumalingan mo. Na-disappoint ka bigla because your partner was not as good as you believed him to be, tulad na lang ng pagkadismaya mo nung natanggap mo ‘yung hamburger mo na malayo sa itsura nung napanood mo sa commercial nila.
Pero ito ang tanong na mahalaga: Is disillusionment a bad thing?
In fact, this is a good thing. Because it can pave the way for real love.
Stage 3: Decision
After being disillusioned and disappointed, and after seeing all the aws in your partner, you will have to decide.
Should you end the relationship? Or should you continue?
And that’s what real love is. It’s a decision.
Real love is not based on feelings. It’s an act of the will. Real love happens when you choose to love even if you don’t feel like it. Much like how a mother is to her baby.
Ang nanay, kahit antok na antok at pagod na pagod na ‘yan, kapag umiyak ang anak niya nang madaling-araw, tatayo siya para ipagtimpla ng gatas ang anak niya. Does she feel like doing it? Definitely not. But does she love her child? Absolutely!
Love is a decision. And I believe it’s not just a decision. Love is a commitment. In order for love to last, it should be a series of endless decisions to love. It’s about our actions more than our emotions.
Hence, spark and kilig are very poor basis for choosing the right partner. I understand it’s nice to have that sentimental gush, but at the end of the day, it’s not a great predictor of your relationship’s success.
I repeat: Don’t rely on the “spark.”
God has given you a beautiful mind. He has given you intelligence to make wise judgments when choosing the right partner.
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