14 Feb – Let’s Celebrate Love


14 February 2021

Let's Celebrate Love.

We may not be able to join Justin dancing under the diamonds this Valentines Day, but we can still find love if we’re ready to look for it..

Valentines Day usually highlights the loves we have/had or haven’t found yet so it gets a really mixed response – some people who have been together for years don’t celebrate it because they ‘don’t need a commercial holiday to say we love each other’ and then there’s people not in relationships who buy cards for relatives, secret loves and even themselves because they want to ‘celebrate love’.

At StreetReach we celebrate love because it’s one of the most powerful acts we can do for ourselves and other people. Being able to give and receive care, connection, forgiveness, generosity, thoughtfulness, respect and support are just some ways we can express love and yet sometimes we find that difficult to do.

We can get twisted up in figuring out if we or they deserve those acts of love and often never really get round to expressing it – and does love need to be decided by worth or could it be decided by our ability to give it – let the person receiving it figure out if they deserve it or not. Maybe they’ve never received unconditional love before, the type of love that says it’s not about your worth but because you exist that I will show love to you.

Imagine the impact of receiving unconditional love when you’ve only ever received it with conditions, what could our world become if that happened more often?

StreetReach is a collaboration between YMCA Ireland, Summer Madness and the Education Authority for the Carrickfergus, Larne and surrounding coastal areas.