Jessica Semaan
Feb 17, 2017 · 3 min read

Person 1: I love you.

Person 2: I can’t do this. I am not ready


Person 1: I love you

Person 2: Too late. I waited for too long to hear these words.


Person 1:I love you

Person 2: Oh my god me too!

Person 1: Let’s get married.

Person 2: Hold your horses. I love you but getting married is different.


These three words carry weight and meaning especially in romantic situations. Arguably, they mean different things to different people.

I: Me, my body, my mind, my soul, my heart, my ego, who I think I am. Wait who am I? Who knows?

Love: Impossible to define, but something around caring, attaching, addiction, accepting someone, can be healthy or unhealthy. Who knows?

You: Your body, what I project on you, the fantasies I have about you, how you make me feel, your personality, your being, your presence, your values. Who knows?

Confusing right?


To simplify my life, I thought of 10 alternatives to I love you, that feel more real. Feel free to share yours:

1- When I am with you, my body feels at peace

2- You meet my needs [insert needs]

3- I feel intense emotions for you, I am still figuring out what they are

4- The way you treat me, makes me feel accepted and cared for

5- Your presence makes me feel grateful about my life

6- The way you write / think / work / paint etc. inspire me to create / do / act

7- Being with you, helps me get to know myself better

8- My mind goes often into fantasy about you

9- I feel an urge to care for you, and provide you with affection both physical and emotional

10- We have a lot in common, including similar values, and it makes me wonder if we would make a good long term team


Pre-order your copy of child of the moon my first illustrated book of poetry:

about child of the moon:
in between being your mother and father
i forgot to be your daughter
and became the child of the moon
inspired by the author’s traumatic childhood experiences and set against the backdrop of the lebanese civil war, child of the moon is a powerful collection of poetry reflecting on fear, shame, despair, suicide, and the unconditional love that leads to healing.


Jessica Semaan

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Lebanese poet. First book, Child of The Moon, available now. https://www.amazon.com/Child-Moon-Jessica-Semaan/dp/144949448X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540

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