What does it really mean when you say “I love you” to your partner/spouse?
Does it ultimately mean— “I like/love/am addicted to how you make me feel, I like/love/am addicted to what you do for me because it makes me feel warm, glowing, giddy, alive. You agree with me, you support me, you validate me, you make me look good to others, you give me what I want, and this is why you are important to me and why I keep you around and why I say that I love you to you.”—?
Or does it ultimately mean— “In all the world, you are unique to me. There is no one who thinks like you, acts like you, sees the world like you, sees me like you do, has your little quirks and neuroticisms, your little eccentricities. Thus you are not expendable and interchangeable, nor can you ever be. And thus obviously you are not a means or a prop to me, but a real person; I see the you of you, I see who you are in your core, and I appreciate and relish that, and I am so grateful that you want to share yourself with me.”—?
Or does it mean something else to you?
Please share below in the comment section what “I love you” means to you when you say it to your partner or spouse or beloved, or when you hear it spoken to you.