For being the shortest month of the year, February has quite a few things to offer.
We have Groundhog Day, President’s Day, and Super Bowl Sunday. My favorite February holiday is Valentine’s Day – a day where love and romance are honored and celebrated.
I personally think a little bit of romance is necessary for mental health. In fact, a quick Google search defines romance as “a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life.”
Remoteness from everyday life. Sounds about right. We could all use a little romance right now.
As a hairdresser, I have done a lot of date-night hair, and in turn have enjoyed a lot of love stories and tales of weekend getaways that make a heart swoon. But this year, the need for date-night hair is rare, and the stories of romantic travel plans are scarce.
I cannot help but wonder how Cupid is handling all of this. You remember Cupid – the flying naked baby who shoots golden arrows into unsuspecting hearts creating love-connections worldwide.
My beautician intuition tells me that Cupid is probably re-thinking his strategy this year.
Perhaps he is sitting on a mossy stump somewhere in a faraway forest, with his tiny dimpled chin in his hand, swinging his chubby little feet, lamenting a year of lost connections and missed opportunities.
His hunting grounds are barren. It seems as if there are simply not enough human hearts within range to connect.
“Where is everyone?” he asks himself.
His golden bow rests on his back – undrawn, and gleaming in the sunlight – as he ponders his next move.
Cupid, I hear you.
I bet many people can identify with Cupid’s situation. We miss our human connections, and we are feeling a need to romanticize a very unromantic state of affairs.
Just imagine how we could connect people and inspire their emotions if we were equipped with wings and a magical love dart.
Oh, the fun we would have.
With some creativity, we can revive our inner Cupid and find the romance in these socially distant times. Maybe as you read this, you are reminded of loved ones you would like to reconnect with. I encourage you to just do it. Valentine’s Day is here to encourage you to use the tools you have to reach out.
And don’t underestimate Cupid. He can fly, and from what I have seen, he is a very good shot.