“We accept the love we think we deserve”
-Bill, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Why I like it
The statement itself is simple, but the meaning behind it is so deep and profound that I think of this quote many times when I see mismatched love and sad break ups that shatter people because one person was too gullible to understand they deserved better.
Why it finds a place in my top 100
Love is exhilarating, it is strengthening and immensely gratifying – if it is right and luckily reciprocated. But it is also one of the most misused, misrepresented, misunderstood concepts of all time. People who are genuinely capable of love in its purest form are riddled with self doubts, unsure if they should enjoy what they have or feel inadequate. The compromises come in and it isn’t long before the weaker one is completely thrashed emotionally and sometimes even physically.
Love itself is a queer concept – because people end up naming many of their stupid actions as ‘love’. And it is not rare to see people settling down for less because they are sure this is what their destiny is, this is what they deserve. But love isn’t about acceptance. It is about feeling special, cherished and being made to realise that everyone is unique and deserves to live and love to the fullest, always.
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