What's love got to do with it?

What does love feel like? There's no way I can say this without sounding cheesy, but love feels like your whole soul has been set on fire in the most exciting way. It feels like you're on acid, because it heightens your senses of everything around you. Love feels like you can do anything in the world, but I also think you know you're in love because you're walking around in a bubble. 

Your perspective on love changes as you grow up, and as you get hurt. There's a difference between young puppy love, which is very real, and more mature relationships where you are on each other's teams, supporting each other, and wanting the best for each other. Love does not last forever, which is fine, but we're sold a lie with the whole fairytale thing. 

Isabella, 27, publishing

What will love feel like? You'll want to spend lots of time with that person because they make you feel happy. Everything else around you won't matter... like when you feel really good about something, the feeling overpowers facts around you. You won't care that things are messed up because "this thing is nice". 

Noa, 17, high school student

What does love feel like?
Marietta: Exhilarating. 
Marcus: That rush of excitement, you're happy! It's a win-win situation, because you both love each other.
Marietta: It's an ongoing sense of fulfilment and joy. But initially, it's this thing in your head, it's an obsession.

What are you looking forward to?
Marietta: What our kids are going to be like, just to think what this little human will be like. I find it so amazing.
Marcus: To see where life will take you, and to take on challenges together. Decisions, challenges, roads to take, as a team. 

Marietta, 27, and Marcus, 28, are getting married in April

What does love feel like? It’s all the little things that add up to a life of love with someone. Being excited to see them when you finish a day of work, buying their favourite ice cream flavour even though it’s not yours, holding hands as you fall asleep, calling their Mum on their birthday, seeing the sparkle in their eyes. And respect - for me, being truly in love for comes with a deep respect for each other. Sometimes respect is even more important than love. 

Lucy, 29, business development

How do you know when you're in love with someone? I know I’m in love when they care for me not necessarily in the right ways but the familiar ways. Sometimes I love people who might not treat me in the nicest way but I still interpret it as love because it’s familiar and “safe”, and regardless of standards -- to me that’s my own interpretation of love.

Karen, 24, product designer