This year on Valentine’s Day, I decided not to celebrate in the traditional way. Instead, I travelled all the way back home to spend the day with my family. As I was walking around the streets in the centre of Athens, a label on a wall attracted my attention; “Love letters from great men”.
Unfortunately in our days, Valentine’s Day has taken a totally different meaning – a materialistic one. Love and romantic gestures have been equalised with expensive gifts and most of the time losing the deeper meaning.
So, as a remedy to what commercialisation has rendered the least romantic day of the year, I decided to share with all, a selection of some of my favourite love letters and sayings. Better late than never, happy Valentines Day.
One day someone told me “the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and to be loved in return”(Moulin Rouge). But as I grew up I learnt that “the best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” (The Notebook)
You may be someone’s “wonderwall… and maybe you are gonna be the one that saves me “(Oasis). Or you may be lucky enough to be June Carter, Johnny Cash’s wife to receive the birthday wishes that after some years will be known worldwide as the best love letter of all times; “we got old and got used to each other. We think alike. We read each others [sic]minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”
Love is one of the most diachronic values. Back in the 1800’s Lord Byron wrote to his lover “I more than love you, and cannot cease to love you. Think of me, sometimes, when the Alps and ocean divide us, –but they never will, unless you wish it.”
You may “never dream that you may love somebody like you (Chris Isaak) and end up to be asking “will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”. Because “to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die” (The Smiths).
And “in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” (The Beatles).