11 Reasons Why School Romances Were The Best And Different From Its Modern Day Equivalent

If there is one thing you still reminisce about as an adult, it is that one school romance you had the good fortune to enjoy. It was a landmark moment in your life – the moment where you found out how butterflies worked their way into your tummy. Or, how your head felt so light. Or, how your heart simply flipped at the mention of his/her name.

On Valentine’s Day, we look at every reason that made your school romance so much better than its modern-day equivalent.

1. It all began with eye contact

Back in school, that first eye contact sent shivers down your spine. You breathed into it every imaginable meaning. You replayed it in your head repeatedly until the next one. And then several others after that. As you reminisce, you ponder how your modern-day love just jumped from a hello to your bedroom.

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2. The first talk

In school, you became friends first. Your friendship became the piggy bank for every secret only the two of you shared. Every day, you would put in another and see your treasures grow. Now, secrets are never discussed. All that flirting from the get go never left any space to open your heart. You simply forgot to ask and to tell.

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    3. Love just happened

    Your school romance happened of its own accord because as friends, you didn’t have to try. There was no fear of rejection. Your modern-day romance, in contrast, takes effort. The transition was not as smooth as it was back in school, where you held hands because you wanted to, not because you needed the world to know.

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    4. Love wasn’t confined to technology

    You didn’t feel the urge to stay connected always. One phone call was enough. You exchanged love notes during class and wrote extravagant letters, pouring your heart out. This was before your old-school romance got replaced by incessant texting and uploading on social platforms. Because how else would you let the world know you are dating?

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    5. You were secretive

    Your love was a sworn secret – a pact that no one was privy to. Stealing glances in the corridor and holding hands when no one was looking made your days priceless. Unlike today when technology compels you to share every aspect of your life with others.

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    6. You didn’t meet every day

    You led busy lives with classes, exams, and tuitions. And you didn’t feel the need to meet every day. You stole moments whenever you could and that was enough to get you through the week. Every date was special back then. Today, every waking moment goes into planning your free time. Dating occupies so much space that breathing your own air becomes difficult.

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    7. You had no expectations

    Your old-school romance came without the tag of expectations. You were more understanding of each other’s needs and wants. Now, every dash of hope leads to a world of differences – sometimes leading to people going their separate ways.

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    8. Sex was personal

    Sex was special because you shared something together, for the first time. You didn’t care if it didn’t go as planned. You were happy knowing that it happened. It wasn’t casual as it is today. It didn’t bring the no-strings-attached attitude that made things messy.

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    9. Love didn’t have any distractions

    Your dates were spent talking about each other, your friends, your family…all the things that mattered. You took classes together. You stared into each other’s eyes for ages. It was unlike today’s million distractions that steal you away from your love. You didn’t know ‘distraction’ as you do now with your buzzing phones or endless gossip.

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    10. Love was unpredictable

    Do you remember the first letter they wrote for you? Do you remember the surprise birthday they planned and invited everyone you loved? Your love story took unexpected turns because it was full of surprises. Today, your busy life leaves no room for any planning. Or effort.

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    11. Love was epic

    Your love was what beautiful dreams were made of. The sort you see in movies because even the cinema was a world apart from the sleaziness that one sees today. Sparks flew when you were together. Your friends helped your romance grow. Your parents were inviting of your friendship. Nothing was marred by the modern-day conflicts of power play.

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    Your school romance taught you to love freely, even if they didn’t work out. Today on Valentine’s Day, devote some time to celebrate the epic love you had.   

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