Many of us are on the heels of the annual designated day to celebrate loved ones, particularly in the romantic sense. The holiday I am referencing is Valentines Day, a holiday which some refer to as Galentines Day (to celebrate your gal pals) or Single Awareness Day (speaks for itself). Regardless of how this holiday is viewed and celebrated (or not) by you and those loved ones, this holiday as it always does, really makes me dig deeper into what the notion of love is and what it really means.
Love, in its purest and raw form, can be defined as a feeling but more importantly as an action. For those who have lived a little, who are more experienced and albeit, a bit…dare I say, older, love is more so an action and not only a feeling because feelings are fleeting. True, authentic love is a result of feelings and despite feelings all at the same time. Perhaps, this is why you have the catch phrase “crazy in love”? But, I digress. Back to the notion at hand- love as an action. This holiday among other, e.g.- MLK, Jr. holiday, and perhaps my age and desire to assign meaning to what I do, has really encouraged me to be introspective and reflective on my work, purpose, and what I do. To identify what is most important to me and how I am manifesting my love for those things…which brings me to the point and purpose of this post.
One of the things that I can say that I unconditionally and unabashedly love, is my home country Barbados. Being away for 1 month, 1 year, or 10 years, no matter how long, nothing beats the lash of the heat and the sun lambasting your face as you descend the plane’s stairs and make your way to customs, luggage in hand. Or, hearing the sweet lilt of the Bajan “accent” and the shock and awe of the first-time visitors as they navigate the uncharted territory that is Barbados and by extension the Caribbean, being coolly greeted by an Immigration Officer saying “Welcome to Barbados.” So, what does Valentine’s Day and Barbados have to do with each other? They both beg the question, since love is indeed an action– what am I, you, we doing to better and to advance our nation as a whole? All talk and no action results in nothing but a lot of “hot air” as we so often say at home. Do we really love our country as much as we say we do and declare to, if no action accompanies our words or feelings? Love is more than a feeling. In its most practical and raw form, it is action.
In my commitment to and love for our country, here is what I commit to doing:
- Investing- in the education of our young people based in Bim
- Voice- speaking on and problem-solving as it relates to our youth’s social, educational, professional, etc. issues
- Safe Platform- providing a safe space and online platform where our youth can be recognized acknowledged, celebrated, and validated
- System changes- encouraging others to do the same as #3, if not more
- Connecting & reconnecting- remaining connected to my home country and what is going on there and being a voice for what at times may seem like the voiceless
This is what I am doing and what I commit to doing going forward, and more, for love of country. What about you?