Celebrating Relationships of All Kinds

by Aditi Gupta, Staff Writer

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Valentine’s Day, hailed as the Day of Love, shines a bright spotlight on romantic relationships. In the grand orchestra of life, however, all relationships — from the romantic to the platonic to the one we share with ourselves — have unique and beautiful melodies. 

Let’s begin with our friendships, the unsung heroes of our emotional landscapes. They are like the stars that light up our darkest nights. Whether it’s sharing inside jokes, crying on each other’s shoulders, or providing company and companionship, friends are the real MVPs. I remember running across the quad to my friend’s room and hugging her whenever I felt overwhelmed. Somehow, a hug and a conversation with her made me feel like everything would be okay. So, in this month dedicated to love, I celebrated my squad with a Galentine’s Day brunch. We treated ourselves to heart-shaped waffles and endless mimosas while reminiscing about all the silly things we’ve done together. 

On the other hand, family relationships can be a mix of chaos and love. Whether it be the crazy aunt who always embarrasses you with invasive questions at family gatherings, the sibling who steals your clothes, or the annoyingly motivational texts your parents forward you, family dynamics are as unique as they are entertaining. But beneath the quirks and the occasional drama lies a deep bond of love and support that helps shape who we are. Family provides us stability and strength when we can’t find them within ourselves. Every Day on our customary night-time call, my parents listened to me yap about every minor inconvenience and eventually helped me figure it out. I don’t know what I would do without that call. So, why not plan a family game night? Virtual or in-person. Break out the monopoly gathering dust in your closet and prepare for friendly competition (and inevitable cheating). 

And then there’s romantic love, the spark that ignites our hearts and souls. Perhaps your love story is straight out of a rom-com, complete with ups, downs, and an airport proposal. Or maybe it’s still in the works. Whether you’re celebrating your first Valentine’s Day together or your fifteenth, take this opportunity to cherish each other and create new memories. My boyfriend (about 4000 km away) is a big part of my life. Sometimes, the best part of my Day is spending countless hours on call with him, eating together, and falling asleep while still in line. Even with the distance between us, he continues to be a constant in my life, and I am genuinely grateful for it. So, for all those special someones, plan a romantic dinner at home, complete with candlelight and your favorite homemade dish (spaghetti is my go-to choice). If it is a long-distance relationship like mine, plan a virtual date and send some treats for each other while watching a movie you both enjoy.

But amidst all the celebrations and expressions of love for others, let’s not forget our most long-term and essential relationship—with ourselves. Self-love is the secret ingredient that makes everything else taste better. It means taking the time to unwind with a good movie or eating a delicious meal. It’s about acknowledging our accomplishments, big or small, and celebrating the people we’re becoming. After all, we deserve to be celebrated.

In conclusion, Valentine’s Day is not just about romantic love. It’s a day to celebrate all the relationships in our lives that bring us joy, laughter, and a sense of belonging. So, whether you spent the day with your partner, friends, family, or yourself, I hope you took this opportunity to appreciate those who you love and love you.

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