We looked into
Each other’s eyes
For a few lazy minutes;
As I blinked,
I felt as if
We have exchanged
At least a dozen love letters.
~The Heart Listens to No One by Purba Chakraborty
“Love” ~ the four letter word that has the magical ability to make life worth living. In fact, what is life without love? Life would be a mechanical process of waking up, going to work and paying bills if we don’t have someone to love. And here, I am not talking only about romantic love. I am talking about anyone we love unconditionally, be it our parents, friends or pets. The ability to shower love on someone and get loved back makes life truly magical. “Love” is the magic wand that makes us feel so much alive.
Today is Valentine’s Day, a day when we celebrate love in all its glory. I am not against Valentine’s Day. In fact, I enjoy calling up my loved ones and wishing them today. As I am a hopeless romantic, I also enjoy listening to romantic songs and watching a romantic movie on Valentine’s Day. But when I see people obsessing about celebrating love only on this particular day, it makes me wonder why.
There are some people who want to get into a relationship just because they don’t want to stay single on Valentine’s Day. It makes them uneasy to be single on this day when couples are dating and hanging out. The feeling of “love” takes a backseat; all that gains importance is the celebration of the day. Then, there are people who demand extravagant gifts and surprises from their partner on this day. If their partner fails to meet their expectations, then a huge fight is on its way. Valentine’s Day has become too much commercial. More than the feeling of love, it has become more about flaunting who is having a better day…who is celebrating it on a grander scale. It has become a competition of sorts, a day ruled by huge expectations.
When we are in love, being with our beloved on any day becomes Valentine’s Day. Listening to a favorite song together, looking into each other’s eyes is Valentine’s moment. Walking in silence, holding hands with the overwhelming sense of togetherness is Valentine’s moment. Embracing your beloved after a tough day at work and breaking down in his or her arms is Valentine’s moment. Love is really not about grand gestures. It is all about the connection between two hearts and expressing what you feel.
One day can never be sufficient for celebrating a feeling that makes our life meaningful. When we have someone to love, every single day with our loved one is a Valentine’s Day. I am not telling that we should ignore this day. We should rather make our loved ones feel special in our own ways, by writing a letter, cooking their favorite meal, watching a movie together or just hugging the other person for a long time. We should take this opportunity to call an old friend with whom we have almost lost touch. We should let our parents know that we love them deeply. We can leave positive notes for a stranger when we leave a café.
Spreading love is a joy. Singles don’t need to fret about this day or be with a wrong person just for the sake of not staying lonely on Valentine’s Day. If you have even one person in your life that you love and that person loves you back, you are blessed. Make that person feel special. And also, don’t forget to love yourself. Bask in the feeling of love. Happy Valentine’s Day!
“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” ~ MaxMuller
Purba Chakraborty is a novelist, poet, web content developer, freelance writer, lifestyle blogger and social influencer from the City of Joy, Kolkata. She has authored three novels “Walking in the streets of love and destiny”, “The Hidden Letters”, “Canvas of a Mind” and a poetry book “The Heart Listens to No One”. Many of her short stories, articles and poems have been published in several anthologies and magazines. She blogs at www.purba-chakraborty.com.