In your own words, describe what it means to you; what it includes, or doesn't include, etc.
We humans are emotional beings. Our emotions are generally divided into two categories: positive and negative. Love is an outstanding type of positive emotion, and, in its extreme form, there is true love.
If you look up the word love in The American Heritage Dictionary, you'll find quite a few definitions about love: "A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person", "A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person," or "An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object". While love in general is a positive feeling for anything that pleases us, true love is an intense, warm, healthy and happy feeling only for our peer humans. It is full of affection, devotion and appreciation, all for the sake of love and love only.
It is not there to exchange for dependence, intrusion or a superior feeling over others.
True love is first expressed in the form of affection, that is, caring, nurturing, and supporting. The affection is there for no reasons or purposes, only for love. Though an equal affection from the loved ones is also welcome, true love never counts on it in the first place. The best example is the affection parents have for kids. When the kids are young, the parents give all their earthly affection by providing everything the kids need: food and clothes, toys and trips, good manners and college education, etc., etc. Before the kids are independent, the parents never stop caring, nurturing, or supporting. In fact, a majority of parents continue to show their affection even though their offspring are out there in the society. However, they never count on it that some day they will...