Unrequited love is the feeling of being completely, hopelessly, desperately in love with someone, all the while knowing that your feelings will never reach them. This feeling is experienced by people here and there but do we truly know what it is. Unrequited? Love? What do these words mean alone and together? What is unrequited, what is love?
Unreciprocated, not shared or returned by someone else is the definition of unrequited. It can also be defined as not responding to an action or feeling. In love, unrequited is being loved less than how you loved him/her; being treated only as a friend or less. It is still unrequited love even though that person loved you back but you don’t. Definitions of the word are limited or usually associated with love.
Love is defined as a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. It is not an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or infatuation. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher stated that love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Love is defined by George Jean Nathan, an American drama critic and editor as an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. This feeling is experienced by people everywhere. Love for family, friends or a sole person, love is everywhere, but is not always given back. Love isn’t always a two way process.
Unrequited love is masochistic. You continue to love a person even though you know that you wouldn’t be loved back. It is getting hurt by seeing that person loving someone else or when he/she treats you less as how you treat him. Maybe unrequited love is just a way to tell you that you deserve to be with someone who will love you the way you deserve to be loved.