Embracing Love’s Journey

by Cynthia Germain

And here we are, February already, and what’s so great about it…Valentine’s Day of course! A day that reminds us to pay attention to each other, perhaps make a special purchase for the special someone, and in general revel in love. But as we grow older, our perspectives on love often change. What once may have been a day of extravagant dinners, flowers, and chocolates can evolve into something deeper and more meaningful.

Love is definitely a wonderful journey that evolves as we mature. When we are young, it’s often characterized by passion, tummy butterflies, and the thrill of newness. As we age, love transforms into a deeper, more profound connection—bonds that withstand the test of time. In our golden years, love takes on a whole new meaning. It becomes a source of comfort, companionship, and unwavering support. It’s the hand to hold during life’s trials and the laughter shared over a lifetime of memories.

Let’s face it, over our life, we go through experiences, triumphs, and challenges. And through it all, love remains constant. In our later years, love becomes a safe haven where we may find peace and understanding. It seems that the beauty of love in old age is in its simplicity. It’s the quiet moments spent hand in hand, watching the sunset, or the shared laughter over a cup of coffee (or glass of beer).
And only in old age do we learn the importance of cherishing each moment and excusing imperfection. We come to know that true love transcends physical appearance and endures despite the passage of time.

While dinner dates, flowers, and chocolates are classic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s some alternative ways to express love and appreciation:

  • Memory Lane Adventure: Take a stroll down memory lane by revisiting significant places from your relationship—a first date spot, the place where you shared your first kiss, or even your favorite coffee shop or restaurant. Alternatively, stay indoors and break out those photo albums. Enjoy those pictures of yesteryear and the feelings that they bring.
  • DIY Love Notes: Get creative and craft heartfelt love notes. Write down reasons why you appreciate them, fond memories you’ve shared, or dreams you hope to fulfill together.
  • Cooking Together: Instead of dining out, opt for a cozy night in and cook a romantic dinner together. Experiment with new recipes, sip on wine, and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Volunteer Together: Spread love beyond your relationship by volunteering together at a local charity or community organization. Whether it’s helping out at a food pantry or participating in a local festival, giving back strengthens your bond while making a positive impact on others.

St. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love in all its forms—lover, family, and friend. As we navigate the journey of love, remember that its true essence lies not in fancy dinners or extravagant gifts, but in the simple moments of connection and understanding. So celebrate love in all its glory with all those you love on the 14th. And why not all the other days of the year!