Even though love and romance refer to feelings and emotions that are felt, they are in fact different. Very oftentimes people mistake the momentous physical attraction to love. It is crucial to understand that both emotions are personal and have to be experienced to understand.
Let’s discuss the differences between love and romance:
Romance Is a Feeling, but Love Is Unconditional
Love is a commitment. One cannot have such deep liking and adoration for everyone we meet, it happens only once. Blessed are those whose love is accepted and reciprocated. The person, who loves is ready to do anything and everything for their love.
Sacrifice and other adjustments are made to make loved ones happy and comfortable. There are many aspects of love. The ways of expressing affection and fondness also vary. Also, romance can be seen in love when a couple conveys their love with physical gestures or expressions.
On the other hand, romance may be fleeting. This may transform to love or may even come to an end when either partner feels tied down. Romance is an expressive form, which helps the amorous souls to put over their feelings. Romance in genuine love can be everlasting joy. But relations based only on physical attraction and romance may not result in lasting relationships.
Romance Is the Action When Love Is Content
Even though romance is feelings based, it is still an important element of love. Romance keeps love from becoming complacent.
Romance Can Be Self-Centered, but Love Serves
“The passion of romance is always directed at our own projections, our own expectations, our own fantasies,” Jungian analyst Robert Johnson writes. “It is a love not of another person, but of ourselves.”
Romance caters to needs and expectations.
Love is a constant companion, even when needs aren’t being met. Love is there to take care of the other when they’re sick, heartbroken, or even angry.
Romance Is Momentary, but Love Is a Lifetime
“Romantic love...distinguishes moments and situations within intimate relationships to an individual as contributing to a significant relationship connection.”
On a graph, romance might seem like the peaks of the relationship. Love, though, is the constant line, parallel with the x-axis or rising after each peak.
Romance embrace the thrilling moments, but then love is forward-thinking and is in it for the long haul. Romance still contributes to the relationship continuation, though.
“...romance is the part that offers adventure and intense emotions while offering the possibility to find the perfect mate. On the other hand, intimacy offers deep communication, friendship, and long lasting sharing.”
By Sowmya Sangam