Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I think there’s some important things to be said about it.
I spent my childhood loving Valentine’s Day because of all the traditions like handing out valentines at school and doing special things with my family. But as I got older my perception on Valentine’s Day started to morph. It went from being a day to celebrate love and friendship, to a day that made me feel sad and worthless. Yes, Valentine’s Day is a capitalist scheme to make money. Yes, Valentine’s Day is designed to make people without significant others feel like crap.
But it doesn’t have to be. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Not just romantic love. Love you have for your friends, your family, your pets, and most importantly yourself.
We’ve been made to feel like loving ourselves is selfish and that we don’t deserve it. But it’s so vital to our overall happiness and development. It’s easy to be happy on Valentine’s Day if you are in love with someone. But what about being in love with ourselves? If we gave ourselves the love we try to give others, our lives would be different.
For me, Valentine’s Day has always been about romantic love (whether I have someone in my life or not). This year I don’t, but I think I’m happier than I’ve ever been. And I’m excited for Valentine’s Day because it’s a day that celebrates love. Whatever that means to you individually.
We can choose to be happy or we can choose to be miserable. But at the end of the day it is our own choice. Spoil yourself the same way you would spoil someone you were in love with. Spoil your family and your friends. Show love to all the people in your life that make you better. And most importantly, show love to yourself.
Do something that makes you happy on Valentine’s Day. Cook yourself a three course meal. Go to the gym. Use a bath bomb. Drink wine and eat cheese. Laugh with your closest friends. Cuddle with your pets. Read a book that inspires you. Listen to albums that you love. Give flowers to strangers. Watch your favorite TV show. Do whatever it is that feeds your soul and makes you smile. Let your heart be abound with love.
That is what Valentine’s Day is all about. Love. Love for yourself. Love for your family. Love for your friends. Love for your journey. Love for all the cracks in your heart. Love for all the struggles that brought you to this very place.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers out there, I love you 🙂