The future for me is already a thing of the past –
You were my first love and you will be my last

Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan – Love and Theft: Piano/Vocal/Guitar

There is a fever, a passion, an overwhelming and world-destroying power that comes with that first spark of love that enters our lives. It becomes all-consuming, and will leave us elated, destroyed, exalted, and devastated in equal measure in the wake of its passing. First Love Day celebrates this most formative and powerful event in our lives, for all its goods and ills.

Learn about First Love Day

First love is truly reckless. Without calculating, it will just throw everything in with pure passion and it will inevitably fail. But it is this experience that makes us want to fall in love over again.

First Love Day is a day to reflect on our first love. For some people, this will feel like a distant memory. Perhaps it was your highschool sweetheart? For others, you could still be with your first love today! No matter what applies, First Love Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on those butterflies we experienced when we had the first romantic spark. For some, it can be cherished for memories. For others, the memories may be painful, but they may have taught you some valuable lessons and helped you to become the person that you are today. 

There are a number of different reasons why we should appreciate our first love, no matter whether it ended good or bad. We are sure that you had some beautiful stories and memories along the way? Plus, your first love will have taught you a lot of lessons. After all, whenever you do something for the first time, you make mistakes, you experience new things, and you learn lessons along the way. That is what your first love is all about. It shapes you and it makes you a better person, as well as teaching you about things that should not happen in relationships as well. 

History of First Love Day

We’ve all been there, experiencing our very first love. The experience awakens a part of us we didn’t even know was sleeping, and grows rapidly to encompass every part of us, changing our inner emotional landscape with every touch of its ever-growing vines. The future becomes in equal parts clear and cloudy as we see nothing else but a life with the subject of our first love, but the specifics of that future are an ever-bubbling dreamscape of hopes and fears mixed in equal measure. Sadly first love rarely lasts for both parties, and inevitably one will see the separation begin to form as each of these new traveler’s sets off on their own path.

Each will remember the other, through time untold, and each will measure every future love, for better or ill, against that first monumental moment when our heart exploded into fearful, fitful, exalted love for the first time. In time the chasm deep wounds of that parting will heal, though perhaps an old ache combined with a strange fondness will persist ever after. Some of us would never experience that again, others seek for the rest of their lives to grasp it one more time, that rapture of the first love.

How to celebrate First Love Day

First Love Day is best celebrated through that old standby, nostalgia. Remember the life you shared together, that brief but bright spark of a moment, and how it utterly changed you both. If you’re still in touch drop them a line of ‘remember when’, or maybe just go through old photos and journals to remember what that moment felt like. Be warned, however, First Love Day can serve as a simple wander down memory lane, or it can be a reality check moment where you look at your present life and realize, perhaps, it’s not all it could be.

There are plenty of other ways that you can celebrate First Love Day. For example, you could celebrate this day by looking for your next love or appreciating the love that you have right now. Arrange a date with your partner or someone that you are interested in. You could go for a romantic meal or you could go on a cinema date. It is completely up to you!

Watching a romantic film is something that everyone can do on First Love Day, no matter whether you are in a relationship or not. There are a lot of incredible romance films that are out there. You could opt for one of the classics, for example, When Harry Met Sally. This is a romantic film that never fails. It makes you laugh and smile unlike any other movie. If you’re looking for something old-school, give Casablanca a try or Brief Encounter. Other films that we recommend include Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Princess Bride, True Romance, Annie Hall, Before Sunset, Jerry Maguire, and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. 

Of course, if you are the sort of person that would rather get stuck into a good book, there are plenty of great romance novels for you to enjoy reading as well. This includes It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. For something from the classic variety, you cannot go wrong with the famous Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Other options include Isabel Allende’s A long Petal of the Sea, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Nora Roberts’ Vision In White, and Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. 

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