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Journal Writing Project: Love and Life

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
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By Megan Kiehne

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and people are wondering what to get that special someone. Do diamond earrings mean you’re committed? Are chocolates and a fuzzy stuffed bear too kiddish? Should you give pink, red, or white roses? Or is that significant other expecting a candlelit dinner at a five star restaurant? There are so many options of gifts and activities to do to tell that certain someone how special they truly are.

Valentine’s Day is another commercial holiday businesses adore. A study in 2012 by National Geographic indicated that businesses generated $17.6 billion in retail sales in the United States. Fifty two percent of United States consumers plan to send at least one valentine. I challenge you to be creative and tell your loved ones how special they are, and it won’t even break your bank account.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Valentine’s Day and am a hopeless romantic, but how did this holiday get started? By doing some research I found some interesting answers. Evidence of Valentine’s Day goes back to St. Valentine. According to the Huffington Post, one legend says, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor’s daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.”

Did you know there are three types of love? The first type of love is eros. Eros love is a romantic relationship based on physical attraction and the feeling of “falling in love.” Eros love is a result of fleeting emotion and is focused primarily on “self-benefit.” Second is philos love which is based on mutual “give and take” and is a higher form of love than eros. Philos love is defined as a friendship between two people which leads to a more long-term, lasting relationship. Third, the highest level of love is agape. Agape love is divine, unconditional, and self-sacrificing love like a mother gives to her child. All three types of love are important to one’s physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

The human race can’t survive without love. Every kind of love is present and important in one’s life. Don’t be afraid to tell someone how you feel, express yourself. I’m only 18 years old, what do I know about love, right? But I’ve grown up in a home that’s full of love and I have had my share of crushes and relationships. Valentine’s Day is not just reserved for couples! Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to love. Tell your parents, grandparents, best friend, or pet how much you appreciate them and love them. Giving a valentine or doing something special extends your feelings. Don’t forget to tell the special people in your life that you love them throughout the year. Even though this is an annual holiday, it doesn’t mean there isn’t love 365 days of the year! Gandhi simply states, “Where there is love, there is life,” and I fully agree with him.

Megan Kiehne is a senior at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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