Young people and some adults (age is not the determinant factor) are often confused on the subject of love. The words “I love you” spoken between a couple are not simple expressions of a deep feeling. They are more. They represent an internal awareness — a recognition — of one’s genuine preference for another. They also represent an intention. It is an intention in the form of commitment. Because the words “I love you” generate a certain expectation on the part of the other party, one must be very careful about expressing these words without being cognizant of the perceived obligation. For this reason, I choose (as opposed to “have discovered”) to see the expression of “I love you” as representing both an awareness and a commitment.