There can be a debate if the world is driven by money or love. But love doesn’t have boundaries or barriers. Even when Covid has put us all in our homes, behind the walls, people have found ways to quarantine together to be with their loved ones.
There is another side to this as well. Does that mean they are exhausted to see each other every day? Has that reduced the breathing space needed between the couples? The answer is, it depends.
Covid has taught us the importance of touch, the importance of closeness and also most importantly, the importance of relationships. A lot of problems might be solved by money or medicines or technology, but community, friends, families and human love keep our mental sanity. This time has made people more spiritual, more forgiving, more empathetic and lesser materialistic I believe.
Valentine’s Day is not just a reminder of love between a couple but also the other several relationships that add value to our life. It’s a celebration of harmony, peace, and respect in relationships.
A lot of my friends have decided to spend time with their loved ones just at home even if theaters weren’t open, even if traveling wasn’t safe. It’s the intention behind the actions that matter. As we are coming out of the fear from this devious illness, this time of the year is a reminder that the world can still be beautiful when you are surrounded by your loved ones.
Social distancing, lockdowns and limited opportunities to socialize have brought changes to people’s behaviors, mood swings and mental sanity. Feb 14 is the perfect time to unwind, even if that means getting cooped up at home with your near and dear ones.
It’s vital to celebrate love, especially at times like this. Even if some homemade cake or hand-made card or just a tight hug to your loved one.
I do plan on going for a long drive and probably grabbing a cup of coffee with my friend. But hey, little things in life matter the most!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.
Mansi Mehra is a standup comedian based in Los Angeles, California. She has performed more than 200+ shows around the United States including shows with Abhishek Upmanyu, Zakir Khan, etc. She has shared the stage with several international comedians including Maz Jobrani, Margaret Cho, Amir K and many more. She has hosted shows across the United States with artists like Javed Akhtar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Jonita Gandhi. In 2011, she was a Hindi Radio Jockey in L.A. In 2019, she won two pageants — Miss India USA National 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Miss Exuberant Spirit 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in Computer Science Engineering. She believes in giving back to the community and has been involved with several non-profit organizations like OC India Association, CRY America (OC chapter), VIBHA Los Angeles, Soroptimist International Los Angeles (SILA) and many more. Website: www.mansimehra.com Instagram: @Machchar