This Valentines, we shed some light to the unspoken and often unseen side of love. The heartbreak that follows an unreciprocated proclamation of love, the growing distance of a seemingly perfect love, or the sudden ending of a something more.
Here's to the ones who said:
"Just as you are."
Remember how we used to talk about romance being overrated? Many Valentines and anniversaries were spent on the couch, binging on TV dinners and beers, instead of the traditional candlelit dining experience. I never fancied flowers, and you always hated surprises. We were the antithesis of a romantic couple, but in retrospect, I think we were actually pretty damn good at our own unconventional version of romance. At being completely ourselves. At being us.
“Wish you were here."
I remember hiking up, captivated by this magnificent view; the entire world right in front of me. The vastness of it all made all my worries and doubts about the future seem minuscule. In that moment, all that I felt was tranquility, and a deep sense of calm. All I wanted was for you to be there with me, to experience that same peace. I don’t know where you are, or how you’re doing now. But I still wish the same for you.
“Anywhere with you."
Scotland was our magical place. You know, I still dream about it sometimes. I dream about you and me. Exploring the museums, the hallowed castles, the cobbled streets, our midday whiskey sessions – all of it. It’s probably nothing out of the ordinary for most – but with you, it felt special. I got to know more, and love more of you.
“You are everything."
You took me to your favorite place. Said it was a sanctuary for you, a place you go to for headspace and inspiration. You asked me where mine was, I pointed at you. I burst out in laughter because it's so incredibly cheesy, but I do mean it I think. My art, my writings, my thoughts – they all revolved around you. You were my muse, my confidant, my all.
Here's to you.