Students should not give up on romance

By Nadir Roberts
Arts & Entertainment Editor

My favorite film is “5 to 7,” a romance movie starring the late actor Anton Yelchin. He plays a young American journalist in New York who falls for a married French woman who he is only allowed to see from the hours of — you guessed it — 5 to 7. He ends up falling for this mother of two and the journey of their love begins. I’m not going to spoil the movie, but by the end, you’ll simply say, “Wow.”

The thought of love can be both scary and exciting –– an emotional rollercoaster all around. For hopeless romantics, love is inevitable. They will always believe that there is someone out there, sent to them from heaven. Many people believe that being a hopeless romantic is pretty bad, but I don’t think so. I think it can be a good thing.

In ‘5 to 7,’ two hopeless romantics struggle to find love. (YouTube)

Love and romance are very different from what people see in movies and in real life, and that’s where the confusion comes. There’s either always a female who is fresh out of heartbreak and then a Prince Charming who sweeps her off her feet. Not enough movies show the true ups and downs of relationships. False representation of love through films have people believe that love is structured and similar in every instance when, in fact, romance is situational –– every person you share a connection with will bring a different side out of you.

We (yes, I include myself as a hopeless romantic) don’t lose hope. We will eventually find someone who loves us, just as much as we love them. No matter how many times your heart gets broken, it seems as though we just learn from it and keep searching. I’ve gotten my heart broken on a couple occasions, but one time before I started college, I got it broken really badly. However, years later, I’ve saddled up on my high horse ready to ride off into the sunset to find my woman.

I like to call it passion. With this passion comes value, as a hopeless romantic you tend to value everything good that comes your way. You don’t take the details and the little things that people do for you for granted, everything holds some sort of importance. This goes beyond romantic relationships, and extends to how we evaluate people in general.

Being a hopeless romantic makes you a better person overall. You tend to see the good in people and let it outweigh any wrong they’ve done. Yes, that sounds a little naive and gullible, but you learn to forgive and forget, which is an important rule of thumb. You don’t burn bridges, and you learn that people can change.

I truly believe that everyone is scared or frightened of love even though it’s a great feeling to have. If people were less cynical toward love, it would shift today’s culture drastically. Life is surrounded by love. You can love your parent, siblings, friends and many others.

Until then, people will ruminate in hookup culture with apps like “Tinder,” but eventually, people will realize that casual hookups are nothing and will want something more. Someone will eventually want you for more than just your body. They will crave your mind, soul and energy, and when that happens, I’ll be rooting for you.