Remind your friends that you love them

Jessica Stewart

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It’s a common belief that the word “love” is special and should only be used sparingly. You shouldn’t throw it around at just anyone. I strongly disagree.

I tell so many people in my life that I love them, and it hasn’t lost one ounce of meaning for me. I tell my close friends I love them every single day, both girls and guys.

Every time they leave my house or I leave theirs, I tell them I love them. I tell my dance team kids that I love them. I even tell friends that I’m not extremely close to that I love them.

Why do I do this? Because why not?

I don’t see a problem with telling those around you how much you care about them. I like letting people know how much they mean to me because it’s refreshing when someone does the same to me.

When one of my friends tells me they love me and care about me, it makes me feel happy and safe around them. I know that I have people in my corner. Sometimes, people just need to be reminded that they have people in their corner.

Another reason why I tell people I love them is that you never know what your last interaction with someone will be. You never know when an accident will happen and prohibit you from ever again telling them that you love them. I don’t see a point in wasting time. If I love you, I’m going to tell you.

I tell the kids on the dance team that I love them for a couple reasons. I want them to know that I truly care about them. I value the time that I spend with them, and I look forward to seeing them every day. So, I want to let them know that. I also want them to know that the word “love” isn’t taboo.

Telling someone you love them doesn’t mean you are in love with them. It just means that you care for them and you are there for them if they need you. I think it’s important to teach kids this, so I try to do so any chance I get.

My friends and I are very close, and our group is made of both guys and girls. We cuddle when we watch TV, we laugh and cry together, we tell each other everything, and we love each other.

We all have a great support system in our group, and I cherish that more than anything. I truly love them, and I tell them that often.

We don’t think it’s weird to say “I love you” because it isn’t. Don’t be afraid to tell the people in your life how much you appreciate them.

Jessica Stewart is a junior English major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].