This Valentine's Day, Fight Stereotypes About Love, Marriage And Aging

Enough of stereotyping love! 

This Valentine's Day, Fight Stereotypes About Love, Marriage And Aging
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In no time, we'd be witnessing advertisements around the concept of Valentine's Day. The whole of our timeline would be painted red, in the color of love. I came across a journal from last year which had similar love-filled pictures and stories of relationships, journeys of love and everything in between. And that's when a thought startled me. Why these stories, these posts feature young people-beautiful, tan, fit young people with perfect hair and dazzling teeth celebrating their love? These pictures are also rampantly ageist. We may not realize it, but this is the culture subtly telling us that everything associated with Valentine's Day-love, beauty, passion, physical intimacy-all the beautiful human experiences somehow only belong to the young.

Well, I strongly disagree! And I have valid justifications for this. Let me tell you more, and we'd be on the same page. 

Love transcends age.

Love transcends age.

Do we even realize what a lifetime companionship feels like? No, right? Look around. Look, and you will find love that's right there, unsaid, but pure. Selfless! But hey, do we even care? We belong to the generation where love is more about instant stories over various social media platforms. A generation, which believes more in flaunting the 'love' and less in keeping it intact. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Bhatia: The perfect companions.

Mr. and Mrs. Bhatia: The perfect companions.

The couple's daughter, Guneet, happens to be my colleague. A little, jolly chipmunk who is full of colors. I had always wondered what makes her such a beautiful person, in and out. Interestingly, I happened to meet her mother, Mrs. Bhatia, the other day; and I knew it all. 

Later, Guneet said she admires the bond her parents share. Isn't that typical? Every child adores this bond. But no! There is something more to it. She said, "It is not all roses. But, they are always there for each other. They are willing to make things work out."

This is love.   

A lifetime spent together.

A lifetime spent together.

These lovely couples! I am head-over-heels when I see them. They make me wonder why am I still single.   

Every time I talk to these couples, I learn new details about their relationship that I had never known. I couldn't help but wonder why these couples weren't offered the opportunity to document their love story. Why is it just the 'celeb-love-bonds'?  

Mr. and Mrs. Sharma: Redefining love.

Mr. and Mrs. Sharma: Redefining love.

Married for more than 25 years, this couple gives me strong relationship goals. They go everywhere together, from evening walks to grocery shopping, their togetherness is something to be witnessed. Mr. Sharma is a man of rules and ethics so strong that nothing can ever interrupt his belief in things he follows. Mrs. Sharma, on the contrary, is a savage female. Believe me; she'd throw puns on you when you'd be least expecting. But what keeps them together? Their marriage? No! Their two beautiful daughters? No! It is the commitment they have cemented through their love, warmth, and togetherness. 

Clueless yet convinced. 

Clueless yet convinced. 

Yes, I am clueless if you ask me when will I find a partner as perfect the couples above have. But, I am convinced. Convinced that there's no age to depict love. There's no age to document your love. These stereotypes aren't something I am proud of, and hence, with Valentine's Day only a month or so away, I thought it was the perfect time to share some real-life love stories that make this world tick.

So, all geared up for Valentine's?

So, all geared up for Valentine's?

Just kidding!   

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