You need him or her to be a part of your life in some way or another, not because you want to own a piece of this person, but because you want to give him or her a piece of yourself; loving someone is deeming him or her worthy of owning a part of you.
Then they stare silently into each other’s eyes for four minutes.
It's believing this person is so wonderful that you want him or her to be a part of your life, a part of you.
When you fall in love with a person, you feel an intense urge to consume that person in any way you can. You need this person to live a happy and healthy life because your happiness literally depends on it.
I grew up on fairy tales and love stories that taught me to believe that being in love and loving are the same thing. Being in love with someone and loving that person are two different things.
Hearts were broken repeatedly over the years, and although I wish the pain could have been avoided, the experiences taught me more than any book or class ever could.