8 Reasons You Never Forget Your First Love

Your first love opened up a new world of possibilities and helped you learn things about life that will stay with you forever.
8 Reasons You Never Forget Your First Love

Written by Okairy Zuñiga

Last update: 14 August, 2022

While there will be a million new things you’ll experience in your life, some moments are so memorable that you just can’t forget them. That’s often the case for your first love.

Although love is always special, when it comes to your first love, it’s different. It’s an unforgettable experience. For better or for worse, the relationship awakened new feelings in you.

This new relationship, regardless of how “real” or how good or bad it was, came along with feelings of amazement, curiosity, and excitement for what lies ahead.

It may not have lasted long, but it’s something that will stay with you and bring up a mixture of emotions that are hard to put into words for the rest of your life. But why is this? Here are a few reasons.

The power of our first love

A teen couple holding hands.

The first time you fall in love, it feels like the best thing in the world. You realize you care for another person much more than you ever thought possible.

Despite thinking you knew what the word love meant, the first time you experience it, you discover a world of infinite possibilities for romance and excitement, along with fear.

It’s nothing like you’d ever felt before, which is why you end up keeping this new discovery in your memory forever.

Your first broken heart is also powerful

The only thing that you experience with the same intensity as your first love is your first breakup. Most of the time, this anguish surrounds your memories about the person.

That’s why it’s not strange for your first broken heart to be more painful than any other. It doesn’t matter if it was a difficult breakup or a friendly one. If you think about it, you might find out that it still hurts a little bit even now.

Ending your first relationship is hard because you have to put aside those almost magical feelings. The great pain that comes with separation is something that leaves a long-lasting mark.

The innocence of a first love

Teen love and sneakers.

Falling in love for the first time is an act of complete innocence that often grows and grows without you realizing it. It’s not something that you had planned, but something that just happened, making it even more special.

After falling in love for the first time, you start to understand what you want out of future relationships. That means that you gradually put pressure on yourself to find someone who makes you feel like you did your first time.

This usually makes you act a certain way and think differently in order to find this type of connection.

Our first love also comes along with other firsts

When you experience your first love, that special person inspires you to do new things. This makes them, in a way, partially responsible for some of your personal growth.

They often become a witness to certain changes in you and are your first positive support. For some people, their first love may also have been involved in their physical “firsts,” along with all of their accompanying chemical and emotional reactions.

Two clear examples are one’s first kiss and first sexual experience. Without a doubt, these first times are engraved in your memory, even if they were uncomfortable or awkward moments.

The first “us”

Even if you were part of a team or group before this, it’s with your first love that you usually experience the first time you really feel like an important part of a team.

The first time you make a decision based on you both as a couple – and not just you by yourself – is when you really feel the equality that “us” implies.

This first experience often teaches us the importance of sacrificing some of our preferences for a more fair relationship.

Your first love represents youth and possibility

A teen couple on a bench.

As the years go by, thinking about your first love isn’t just about that person in particular. Most of the time, it encompasses the part of your life then.

It may bring up good memories of your childhood when everything was simpler.

Besides representing your youth, your first love may also remind you of those moments when anything seemed possible. You know, those moments when your life was full of new and exciting things. Thinking about that first relationship may make you wonder what might have happened if you had made different decisions at key points in your life.

Your first love changes you

The positive effect that person had on you, and vice versa, often marks a time of personal growth and development. This comes from the new experiences you shared and from facing your fears through your first relationship.

This helped shape you as a person and advance in the world. It was the first time you allowed another person to have such an important impact on who you are, and that’s something you won’t forget.

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