Doing Valentine’s Day Differently
It all started with an embellished story of a Roman priest named Valentine who performed the weddings of soldiers who were forbidden to marry. While he was sadly executed when it was revealed that he was breaking the law, his martyrdom became a symbol of love for people around the globe. Now, Valentine’s Day is usually the time of the year when lovers exchange flowers, chocolates and gifts; and end up splurging on a romantic date.
Although love has changed its meaning over the years… it makes me stop and think to myself, what does Valentine’s Day mean to anyone?
My husband, Vikram and I have never really found meaning in celebrating such occasions. For us, love is all about making every day with your lover special. We’ve cherished some very beautiful moments together without having to wait for a big occasion to hit us on the head and remind us that we need to show our love to each other. After all there is no point in making so much fuss just once a year only to prove you really love them.
For us, love resplendently shines in the warm glow of the sun that we watch together as it sets with the promise of returning the next day; in the mountain treks where we encouraged each other as we reached for the highest point; in the racing of our hearts as we cycled together on cobbled streets far away from our homeland; in the thrilling road trips where we referenced maps and got lost only to find our way back in togetherness. Going to the movies and sharing a tub of popcorn, or going for long walks, taking time out for each other and going on dinner dates have helped us love each other in ways that could never be achieved in one single day.
I wake up to a warm smile and a good morning every day and my day ends lying beside him and laughing with him as we share a joke or watch a funny show or remember some of the crazy things that we’ve done. Mine is the kind of life that Nora Roberts imagines for her novels. Maybe it is time for you too to stop waiting for just one day to keep the flame ignited; give your loved one a reason to cherish the love you two share every single day.
To my Urban Diaries Galentines,
Thank you for always being there for me. I love getting to know you through all your sweet comments. It means the world to me to have your support every day. I hope you have the best Valentine’s Day and an amazing day every day… you’re the best!