February 2021 is a scary time for most people in Columbia. With a new COVID19 variant threatening at the same time that the vaccine is finally getting distributed, we’re in a race to save ourselves. We must keep being safe and protecting the weak among us until the vaccine reaches all of us.
As we roll into February and Valentine’s Day promises us a moment of validation and affection, love is an essential factor in our everyday lives. It’s important to show your love instead of your fear, not only for your friends and neighbors but for yourself.
As we age, fear sets into our lives because we have more to lose. We tie our fortunes into the equity in a property, and we raise a family. We are suddenly aware of our mortality and the vulnerability we ignored in our twenties. We have legitimate fears for the first time in our lives. We must develop coping skills and learn to be brave if we want to achieve more.
That’s the importance of love. Choosing to be empathetic, compassionate, and kind often seems like a softer choice. The truth is that being kind in the face of fear is difficult, and even masters of it struggle with their fears now and then.
We see it in commercials and viral videos now and then: the moment where a crowd of people stops being about their own needs and fears and starts to see themselves as the sum of all the good they do in the world. To reach that, all we need to do is remember that we all have our issues. Every one of us has a struggle of our own that is mainly going unseen and unheard. But if we stick together through this pandemic and follow the rules, more of us can survive.
We hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love, not just the romantic kind, but also the type that makes it possible to reach out and connect to other people who may need us to survive the coming storm. From all of us at Brown Motor Works Northeast, Happy Valentine’s Day!