Valentine’s Day : Hopes for the Heart

by Team Medics

The day has come for hearts, chocolates, and most importantly, love — the magical emotion that either keeps us going or knocks us right to the ground. It is on this day, February 14, that hope springs eternal. Someone we could love is out there. For others, joy is felt for being with one’s significant other. We, Team Medics, would like to present 10 of our favorite lines to get you in a Valentine’s mood.

1.For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you (Song of Myself, Walt Whitman)

This line just reveals how powerful a force of nature love can be. Every. Atom.

2. “The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy are come to me that no reason can deny.” (Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien)

It’s amazing how strong a force love is that it could give you hope and a sense of peace, even in the face of a bleak future.

3. Did I want to be like him? Did I want to be him? Or did I just want to have him? Or are “being” and “having” thoroughly inaccurate verbs in the twisted skein of desire, where having someone’s body to touch and being that someone we’re longing to touch are one and the same… (Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman)

How often have we dismissed blossoming affection as just admiration? And why are they made to be a dichotomy when, as Elio realizes in this passage, the emotions that pervade us are often too complex to clearly label or demarcate?

“Our capacity for love increases with each person we cross paths with throughout our lives, and which each moment we spend with those people. But, too often we neglect that part of ourselves in favor of others. And by the time we realize just how important it is, we find ourselves with fewer folks around to practice with. (The Adventure Zone)”

In the podcast, this line refers to the love cultivated over a hundred years, by two travelers who had the privilege of living multiple lifetimes to fall in love and be in love. But for mere mortals like us, with a single lifetime (so far), we must never take those passing glanced we have with love for granted, no matter the experience.

5. “You know it all
You’re my best friend
The morning will come again
No darkness, no season is eternal”
(Spring Day (English Translation), BTS)

Love is enduring. It can overcome even the darkest of times.

6. You and your words flooded my senses
Your sentences left me defenseless
You built me palaces out of paragraphs
You built cathedrals
(“Burn”, Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

In one of the most emotional songs from “Hamilton”, these lines perfectly capture how Alexander became the center of Eliza’s world and how much Alexander did to try to make that happen.

7. Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true. (Viktor Frankl)

Love realizes things that otherwise would not be known in a person.

8. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” (The Fault In Our Stars, John Green)

I think this quote accurately describes how love truly works. Love doesn’t happen in a snap when you meet each other; it takes time to develop and grow roots like slowly edging off a cliff and never knowing when you finally fell off.

9. “All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that’s a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.” (Eleven Minutes, Paulo Coelho)

The commercialized experience of love that fairytales would have us believe is that love is always romantic or dramatic. We become sold on the idea that we love solely to dote on others, to give even when it hurts — to become love’s soldier. But I think it’s better to see love as something for yourself. Something that gives you the freedom to choose to share a part of yourself with the people who matter to you, and that freedom is what allows you to experience the true joy of loving and being loved in return.

10. “If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.” (Anonymous)

This reminded me of how much my evenings of stress were turned into smiles because of a certain person… back then. Right now, I am slowly returning the stars to where they should’ve been – in the pitch-dark night sky, with the pitch-black clouds where my feelings are buried.

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