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Three Ways to Show You Care that Don’t Cost a Thing

We’re approaching almost a year of a whole new day-to-day. Many of us are feeling the isolation as we miss the loved ones we’re separated from. The bright news is: there are many ways to show you care that don’t cost a thing, and that don’t create next year’s trash (not to mention that awkward moment when you’re trying to decide if you should keep that old Valentine’s card that’s practically made of plastic or throw it in the bin).

This Valentine’s Day, show you care in a way that sidesteps capitalism and sustains your most meaningful relationships.

1. Write a simple letter. When was the last time you sat down, put paper to pen, and let your pals know how much they mean to you? These days, when many folx are feeling isolated and uncertain about the future, it is especially important to let our loved ones know how they have impacted us. No social media needed – and we all know we could use a break from the screen!

2. Separated from a loved one due to pandemic restrictions? Try doing an activity that you love doing together or that reminds you of them and send them the proof. Trust me: your pal, parent, cousin, sibling, or other special someone will love to know that you’re thinking of them while you stroll a nostalgic neighbourhood or bake something sweet.

3. Share a story at Queering the Map. This is a community-generated counter-mapping platform that digitally archives LGBTQ2IA+ experience in relation to physical spaces. When you share something that means a lot to you, you put an opportunity out there into the universe for someone to come across your words and feel less alone, get the warm and fuzzies, or simply to find joy in your joy.

These days, we all could use a little extra love. So share yours where you can, and don’t forget to show it to yourself in some way each and every day.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Sustainable Concordia!

Tiohtià:ke (so-called Montréal) is located on unceded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.