For as long as I could remember, I hated Valentine’s Day. It seemed like every year, I was single or had recently gotten out a relationship. It brought on a large amount of bitter feelings. I use to feel like it was simply a reminder of what I didn’t have and couldn’t celebrate. Have you ever found yourself dreading Valentine’s?
This year, I changing things up and I am seeing Valentine’s Day in a new light. I am still single and not in a relationship, but I am choosing to see Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate and not a day to dread. Who says you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day if you aren’t in a relationship? It doesn’t purely have to be about romantic love. Choose to see February 14th as a day to celebrate WHATEVER YOU WANT! At times, we get so caught up in following what we see the outside world doing. Give yourself permission today to do your own thing and celebrate life on your own terms.
When I think of Valentine’s Day this year, I am choosing to see it as my day to celebrate the love and blessings I have in my life, even if they aren’t romantic. Look around! There is so much good all around us. It’s about time we celebrate it.
This Valentine’s Day, I will be celebrating the following:
This year, I will be celebrating all love on February 14th. Friendships are some of the best kinds of love out there in my opinion. My favorite Valentine’s Day of all time consisted of me spending it in California with one of my best friends. We went out to dinner together, shared a bottle of wine and just enjoyed each others company. We had no care in the world that we weren’t in relationships at the time. We were just thankful to have each other.
I plan on celebrating friendship by giving an old friend a call and reaching out to make sure they know that I appreciate them. You can take your best friend out to dinner or buy her a box of candy! Even the little things add up to show someone our appreciation for them.
The love of my family is always something I’m grateful for. When life gets hectic, it can be easy to forget to show our family our appreciation. February 14th is a great reminder for me to celebrate the love I have for them and how grateful I am for them.
One thing I love to do on Valentine’s is buy candy for my younger cousins. For children, Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday. You get to bring cards to class and pass them out to your friends. It doesn’t have any bitterness that it may have as an adult. My hope is that my cousins will also love Valentine’s Day, like they do now. I can help make that a reality by continuing to celebrate it with them as they get older.
Most of all, this week I will be celebrating my new found love for myself. Self love is my favorite kind of love. It’s still new to me, but I am so thankful to be on this journey. I’ll be celebrating myself this week by practicing extra self care and spoiling myself with baths, lunch with friends, naps and watching my favorite movies. My plan this week is to be a little kinder to myself, let myself off the hook more and remind myself that there is always plenty of love to go around.