This is a blog post by Floh member, Dhruvi. Learn more at www.floh.in (a network that connects singles in real life)
I’m surprised that even at the age of 28, I have disagreements and fall-outs with friends. When two people are not on the same page, we decide to just stop reading the book. Doesn’t anyone ever want to find out what happened at the end? Keeping my curiosity and love for stories aside, this one is a true tale.
Very recently, someone I had come to consider a close friend suggested that we ‘drop our friendship’. A lot of discussions, exchanged messages and rolled down tears, this was his solution. We should stop talking. I was hurt. I was angry. And I couldn’t even blame it on that time of the month.
To make matters worse, the night we had our last ‘hang out session‘, I had given him a hand-written note expressing my fortune at having him in my life. I had traced the journey of our friendship and like a fool, given him an additional love note that said ‘you make me smile’. Ironically, he had made me cry soon after.
I think the last straw in the fire was when he sent me a WhatsApp message asking not to contact him anymore. That really hasn’t stopped me from calling him at 4am two days later. And the strangest part of it all is that this seems like a love story when it’s not. It seems like a break-up from a fictional relationship with all the drama, without any hint of reality.
Like one of my favourite characters from the movie Love Aaj Kal, I realised that I had developed a defect. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t have stayed upset for very long. I was going to move on and be alright.
So, what did I do? I decided to take on a project that I call #AllINeedIsLove. In an attempt to maintain the sanctity of hand-written love notes, and so that they can find the singles for their true appreciation, I wrote a blog and basically broadcasted the initiative to my WhatsApp network.
To anyone who privately messaged me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with their name and postal address, I would send a hand-crafted love note. I received 40 addresses in the first 3 days and I wrote about 10 notes in these initial days too. I put them in envelopes, sealed them, glued on postage stamps and dropped them off in a mailbox.
It has been extremely fulfilling even though it has just begun. I have become a part of actual exchanges of love. A friend of mine requested that I send her boyfriend a love note for their anniversary. Another person wrote to me saying they would like to express their love for a certain special person on their own birthday with a handwritten love note from me. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t have been a part of such intimate moments if not for this initiative. And I was spreading real joy, making fairy tales come alive.
That’s when it really hit me. The only way to be truly happy was to share as much love as I possibly could. It was to touch lives with my words, the only luxury I possessed and feel joy.
So, in the end, I knew that ‘all I need is love’. <3