“Writers throughout the centuries have tried forever to capture the unsophisticated, immature, and naive, yet charming emotions of young love. Every generation warns of the perils, heartaches, and heartbreaks of unskilled adolescents—propelled through uncharted waters in a rudderless boat with sails inflated by sultry passions, without knowledge of the sea, or an astrolabe to guide them. Yet, each generation exerts their desire to experience love.” —Judith Land
Romeo and Juliet’s story of adolescent romance is centuries old, but it still lives on in the minds and hearts of many. Romantic relationships offer fun and companionship, help forge mature identities, and offer practice in managing emotions. Youth run on high octane fuel and are easily roused and hot-blooded. They are stimulated by their thirst for new things and experiences. When they are in love they often become impetuous, impulsive, and reckless, and their lack of social skills and emotional control makes sustainability of mature relationships difficult.
Saint Valentine’s Day is a day when lovers express their romantic love by presenting flowers, confectionery, hand written notes and greeting cards with heart-shaped symbols, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. “My dearest Miss, I send thee a kiss.” Saint Valentine marks the beginning of spring; plants and flowers start to grow and birds propose to each other on that day. When the risks of intimacy, passion and commitment are ignored, and the affairs of the heart are mistimed, the result may be an unplanned and unintended pregnancy linked to numerous maternal and child health problems including adoption. Infatuated love only includes passion. Empty love only includes commitment. Romantic love includes both intimacy and passion. Companionate love includes intimacy and commitment. Fatuous love includes passion and commitment. Lastly, consummate love includes all three—intimacy, passion and commitment.
la joie de l’amour des jeunes | la alegría de amor joven | la gioia di un amore giovanile