The Letter L: Live, Laugh, Love

Live, Laugh, Love image
Live. Laugh. Love.

Live, Laugh, Love. This saying has traveled all around the Internet, and it has become almost as commonplace as its bastard cousin Yolo. Or as Jack Black once said, Yolo is carpe diem for stupid people. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. The mantra of live, laugh, love; or L to the third power as I like to call it, is an interesting one that made me think just a little about something seemingly simple. – We often don’t think about how we write letters, or why we write them like we do. So that’s what I want to talk about today. I want to talk a little bit about the capital L today. Most people prefer to write it as if it were a line with a bend, or an elbow that depends at 90°, like a better version of elbow macaroni. I prefer to think of it slightly differently.

The letter L can be thought of as being composed of two separate lines converging at a single point. It’s what happens when two people’s paths are fated to cross. They form the capital L that begins the three words of our popular culture mantra. But this isn’t the same as falling in love, because usually that L is only written with a single line going downward like this: “l” it looks a lot like the letter “I” doesn’t it? In fact, in most modern typefaces, there is absolutely no difference. And if we think about that for just a moment, we realize how selfish falling in love can be. Granted, I know that it’s a natural part of a budding relationship, but it’s usually only really one-sided– even if both parties claim to be in love. As it turns out, they’re in love with an image, not a person.


Eventually, people figure that out. It’s when this happens, that the “l” that looks like an “L” begins to form. And that’s when you know that you have a life together. This happens with lovers, friends, sometimes even strangers and/or colleagues. But the cornerstone of Live, Laugh, Love, which themselves are the cornerstones of life, must always be the capital L.


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