Valentine’s Day is a day that is reserved for love. A day where you can justify the “lovey dovey” and sometimes “corny gimmicks” that come along with it. But do people still take Valentine’s Day that seriously? It seems like the answer is a firm YES!
Take Times Square for instance in New York City. People actually watch couples showcase their love at Duffy Square on the great red steps with live surprise proposals, wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. They even have Heart of Hearts kaleidoscopic kissing booths!
While some gush over their partners with public displays of affection, there are others that seek online methods to find love. Yes, I’m talking about you ‘Tinder’ users who have become pros at swiping left or right. The instantaneous love affairs that are sparked in a matter of seconds, that often fizzle into nothingness.
Regardless of where you fit, in this prism of love, it is important to remember what love is vs. what love isn’t. Psychologist Deborah Anapol Ph.D described love quite eloquently by saying: “Love is a force of nature. We cannot command, demand or take away love any more than we can command the moon and the stars and the wind and the rain to come and go according to our whims. Love is bigger than you are. You can invite love, but you cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. You can choose to surrender to love, or not, but in the end love strikes like lightening, unpredictable and irrefutable. You can even find yourself loving people you don’t like at all. Love does not come with conditions, stipulations, addenda, or codes. Like the sun, love radiates independently of our fears and desires. Love is inherently free. It cannot be bought, sold, or traded. You cannot make someone love you, nor can you prevent it, for any amount of money. Love cannot be imprisoned nor can it be legislated. Love is not a substance, not a commodity, nor even a marketable power source. Love has no territory, no borders, no quantifiable mass or energy output.”
In other words, there is no question that love is something that should be celebrated anytime, anywhere. Love is about giving and receiving. It’s an act of reciprocity that should satisfy everyone involved… So yes let’s celebrate LOVE, any day… even on Valentine’s Day!