Feel like you’ve taken them that far.
You should never say it merely because you are used to it.
You should never say it because you feel obliged to.
You should say it, everytime, as a conscious decision to affirm your commitment to the welfare of someone else.
You should say it, everytime, as though it’s the first time your are saying it- that is, nervous because you understand the gravity of those words.
It just shouldn’t be a thoughtless thing. I hate when people break up and stay friends and then it takes them awhile to get out of the “habit” of saying “I love you.”
It should never be a mere “habit.” The idea that love is something requiring no effort, requiring no thought does not do justice to it.