It is that time of year again. We zoom in on love and relationships and celebrate with all the novelties retail stores have to offer, including exorbitantly priced flowers and greeting cards. When I was young some Valentine’s Days were great whilst others just left a hollow feeling of misery, which ended as the hype around 14 February ebbed into serious sessions of mathematics, physical science and other less romantic activities.
As the years passed, with schools now even making an event of Valentine’s Day, the love we share in all important relationships are celebrated. The focus has shifted from romantic couples to love in its purest form. There will always be a commercial need to celebrate the day as traditionally observed, but with life experiences and us surviving during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we learnt the significance and importance of letting our loved ones know how we feel about them. Valentine’s Day provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate the love.
Whilst many of us will reminisce on the many years that have passed, with teenage romance ending in marriage…or not, we now embrace the day with the passing years have taught us that love is all around us, and for us to identify the love that’s true, pure and worth us celebrating. Roses and greeting cards are great to have but inexpensive celebrations are just as great.
In our endeavours to curb gender-based violence and promote the concept of peace and harmony, I urge you to re-visit your relationships that might have provided conflict in the past with renewed optimism, reflecting a spirit of true and pure love.
Today I am celebrating the love I received from those that have passed, the love that got me through the difficult years of losing them, and the love I share with my family and friends, especially my two adorable little boys.
So, whether you are celebrating with a home-baked cake, popcorn and a movie, enjoying your own company or the company of your loved ones. I wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day and a year filled with stacks of love.
Looking forward to our first love-filled walk in the park.
Written by Adv Nerisha Naidoo
Each One Hold One's Director
Rivonia Group of Advocates
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