Happy Valentine’s Day! For some people, this day is a special event that is planned for months ahead of time and greatly enjoyed each year. For others of us, this is simply another day to get up and feel lonely. In any case, this holiday brings a set of standards that are hard to live up to fully: have a romantic partner, look nice, spend the right amount of month, find a great gift, enjoy a great date or party, etc.
To get my mind off of the romantic aspect of this day, I focus on those that I love dearly and try to show them this. One way that I did it this year was by sending my mother Shari’s Berries. Hearing her joy and surprise was well worth the money and effort.
Thus, my encouragement to you and myself if you struggle on this day is to find a fun way to show love through a Valentine. Give it to your parents, siblings, roommates, best friends, or pets. This can be done in many ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Their favorite flowers
- Baked goods (cookies, brownies, bread, etc)
- Stuffed animals
- A date
There are so many other options; really, there are no limits in what you can give. So, I want to encourage us all to try to spread love instead of simply being upset about loneliness or commercialism.
- Unconditional Love by Coordinating Chaos
- Free Hugs by Caterpillarness
- Verbal Valentines: The Power Love Holds by Where He Makes All things Beautiful