I can’t tell you how many times this past week I have heard people say “I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a corporate holiday designed to make people buy things they don’t need.” While I do not disagree with that statement, I also think that Valentine’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to both share and feel love in a way that we might overlook in our day to day.
Our society today is all about doing more with less. I have two phones, multiple responsibilities, an active social life, a demanding job, and just like so many of us, I often overlook the small things in my daily life. I love my partner, my friends and my family, but I frequently forget to take the time to show all of them how I feel. So many of us focus on Valentine’s Day as being a day to show romantic love, but I think it is a fantastic reminder to all of us to slow down, and for one day express our feelings to all of those that we love. It might be a simple phone call to a parent, or a letter to a friend, but those little moments are often forgotten, yet important reminders of how special love is. So on Valentine’s Day, I chose to celebrate love.
I am lucky to love and be loved by so many amazing people, and I embrace Valentine’s Day as the opportunity to get gushy and talk about it. No, I didn’t buy any heart shaped candy boxes or teddy bears, but I did take the time to reflect on the love that I am surrounded by, and to express my gratitude for it. I’m grateful for the chance to be reminded to say “I love you,” and as a result, I look forward to many Valentine’s Days to come.