Written by Lydia on May 17, 2012
TOPIC: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Is it possible to know that you love someone from a single glance? Can we see someone and, from that moment on, feel a selfless pull to provide for them and contribute to their happiness?
My answer is no. My reasoning behind this is that, by simply having someone’s image in your head for a split second, you can’t possibly feel a definite love for them. You can’t know and accept everything they are; you can’t imagine a realistic future together. You can’t reminisce on the tiny little nuances about them like the absurd dreams they have at night or the way they only enjoy butter-free popcorn. Those last two were just examples, but my point is that you can’t love them because at the first moment you look at them, whether you’re secretly stealing this glance or whether their eyes are meeting yours, you don’t know them.
Maybe love at first sight isn’t possible, but “like” at first sight is. It’s very possible that you see someone, and upon seeing them, you feel an instant attraction. It’s very possible that you long to know them better and you become infatuated with the person standing (or sitting or walking or running) before you. That’s very possible, and I don’t think it’s outrageous to say that it happens everyday all over the world.
Another thing that is very possible is the case of “like” at first sight that turns into love. Perhaps after you felt an immediate attraction toward them, you approached that person and asked their name. Had a conversation. Asked them out on a date and a year later you get married to the person you never thought you’d meet in aisle six of the grocery store or the mall parking lot. I think situations like this lead us to believe in love at first sight, when in reality, it was a firm attraction at first sight. That’s what people are chasing these days— the unshakeable attraction at first sight, because maybe that unshakeable attraction is the closest to truly loving someone they’ve ever been. This world, with its romantic comedies and how-to guides to dating, is centered around finding “the one.” And in a world like this, it’s rather comforting to think that we can accomplish that by just opening our eyes.