What is love? Love is an intense feeling of deep affection for someone or something. I wish love was that simple. Love is a complicated word that can have a different meaning from one individual to another. Our experiences affect our behavior, actions, and our perceptions of the world around us. Through the course of one’s life, their perception of the world around them will change numerous times. Depending on our experiences with love, we may perceive "love as a dream" or "love as a nightmare". From my experience and that of others, I learned that love can be a sweet dream, a horrible nightmare, or an ugly combination of the two and how we perceive love will reflect in our beliefs and actions. “Love is a dream” is a metaphor that people often use to describe how much they are enjoying the experience of love. When we feel that love is very beautiful because of the positive emotions that entail with loving and being loved, we often compare it to a dream. In a sweet dream, everything seems close to perfect. We want to enjoy every moment that passes us by and we never want to wake up from that sweet dream. At that moment, “Love is a dream”. For example, some individuals may have experienced the “love at first sight” effect at least once in their lifetime. In an instant, a person can fall in love by looking into one’s eyes. That love can grow so quickly that it might feel as if we are in a dream. The lovers find it hard to stay away from each other and think about one another in every waking moment. It is at that stage that everything is the way they want it to be. To those lovers, love is a beautiful dream.
On the other hand, “Love is a nightmare” is a metaphor that people often use to describe how excruciating and heart-breaking love can be. In a horrible nightmare, everything seems to fall apart around you. We feel as if every moment that passes us by is very painful and we wish to wake from that horrible nightmare as