Today, our reality changed the shared narrative we are used to, even in love. Life is no longer the same. No one knows when it will resume its initial state. We walk around today seeing people wearing masks everywhere. We must cope with it no matter how hard it is to comprehend the new reality. Today marks a particular day; it is Valentine’s day. A day celebrated worldwide with flowers, heart-shaped chocolate, and gifts. ”Love is in the air,” as the motto says. However, today it is sadly not in the air. Even the narrative sustained around this day is not the same!

Social media’s good and wrong side are that it works as a reminder. Thanks to it, we remember events and special occasions because life has become too consuming. How many times have you placed a birthday for someone you know? I bet Facebook reminded you, and you rushed wishing that person a ”happy birthday”.

Different ”Love” Day

I am sorry, but it is the truth. I lost sense of reality. I became so task-oriented that I no longer focused on the day’s date. Honestly, it won’t matter what day it is as long as I have tasks to finish. I tried to ease it a little on myself, but time matters, and I can’t afford it.

Last year, I spent Valentine’s Day with some friends, then went with Faten to the Eiffel Tower. Watching lovers dance, strangers taking pictures, the sound of music blasting the air. It was frigid yet felt beautiful. Looking back at that time, it was a lovely day, and I could feel all the love here in the city of love, Paris.

Today, I am missing so much from love. I miss the genuine love of my close friends. The laughter and the happiness. I am missing my parent’s love and their hugs. Hugging is a ritual in our house, and I miss hugging my parents and brothers. I miss the love I feel when we have our dancing nights. I miss feeling loved by everything around me.