I awoke early in the morning and noticed the lovely blue sky, saw the beauty of the Arabian sea. “How peaceful it is”, my sister said. I was having a cup of tea reading Sunday newspapers and finished reading with many questions in my mind. It is too depressing to read newspapers. The headlines reek of mass murders, hypocritical politics, senseless wars, tragic accidents and WHAT NOT. In another side, Hallmark reports how lavishly people spending money on Valentine’s Day.
So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day to express emotion. To some this day is to celebrate love but to me it’s a way to give money to card industry. It makes me laugh sometimes realizing how marketers operate.
Fulfilling each other’s egos is not love.There is a fixed line between desire and love. Love is not a desire but an immortal flame. The feeling we call romantic is nothing more than a biological selfish urge where only outer eyes are open. I didn’t research on valentine’s day but penned down my own ideas. If it’s to uplift love among each other, I can accept that, however, if it is a one day of love, then I must differ. I don’t believe there needs to be a particular day marked on a calendar to express my love. This is commercialization of love. For me, love is a never ending journey. Love is everywhere, everything flowing through times, hopes and lives. Love is mom, love is family, love is universe, love is humanity, love is spirit and love is God. Love is forever.Everyday you should appreciate the one you love, not just for the one day.
As I mentioned hallmark reports people lavishly spend more than $188 Million on this day. Last year, Pakistan suffered from a devastating catastrophe resulting in disparity. At such crucial times, members of Pakistan Youth Alliance, an independent youth based forum; served people by leaps and bounds. People are still suffering from hunger, lacking of basic needs, and having no shelter in the cruel winter. How must these people feel? How so they keep warm? Far in the horizon, there is a flood of lights as if two worlds exist in close proximity: heaven and hell on Earth.
Let us dedicate all our joyous days to people, let’s join in construction of the country. Be not a valentine this time but a volunteer and put the “Fun” in Fundraising. Support in building schools and class rooms, throw your own happy hour or party and donate the proceeds to charity. The disasters in Pakistan are in need of much support. Reach out to those who are suffering from pain and disparity. Be a hope for them, lit the flame in your hearts, feel the pain. And if you cannot change the circumstance, change your attitude towards it. Trust me, it works.
Have a forever Valentine’s Day.
Karachi, Pakistan 2011
It has been Published in The AsiansUK