love -noun

a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person: attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship

lust ~ noun
very strong sexual desire
a passionate desire for something
a sensual appetite regarded as sinful

obsession – noun

the state of being obsessed with someone or something
• an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind

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He dreamed of her, fantasized about being with her.

He said he couldn’t live without her.

Her face frolicked through his mind, uninvited and uncontrolled.

The coffee shop she’d frequent he’d sit and wait…just in case.

Love? Lust? Obsession?

Do they walk hand-in-hand?

Can one exist without the other?

How many of us have obsessed about someone we claim to love?

Is lusting after someone, by its very nature, obsessive?

We certainly lust after a person with whom we are in love.

Lust draws us in, love makes us stay, or is it still lust, but a deeper kind of  lust.

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Obsession is negative – or so it has been said.

Obsession is clawing, clinging, maddening.

Lust drives us, pulls us in, fills us with a desperate hunger.

Love is a roller coaster, euphoric highs, crushing lows.

Love can change – the lust dwindles – the obsession fades.

Does that mean the love has passed?

“I love you.” (I lust after you, I obsess about you).

Love? Lust? Obsession?

Do they walk hand-in-hand?

Or are they one in the same?