I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. The basic reason is resentment; remember in school when you could buy someone a carnation and they got passed out on Valentine’s Day? Carnations were used as a talley to prove who was the most popular, pretty girl in school. It was never me and even though I had thick skin in that regard and accepted my quirky self for who I was, deep down it hurt a little. My immediate girlfriends and I made a deal that we would send carnations to each other so none of us would feel like losers on such a romantically competitive day.
Fast forward. I’m married now and I’m so thankful I have someone to spend Valentine’s Day with for the rest of my life. We’ve created a new tradition this year that I’ll elaborate on in my next post. But I can’t help but think of all the people out there who might be feeling completely heartbroken because they are waiting for a carnation that won’t come this particular Valentine’s Day.
Don’t I sound depressing?
Nah. I just really feel for people on Valentine’s Day and really don’t want anyone to hurt because society puts emphasis on being in a relationship in order to feel important and loved.
However, I think it’s a great day to make a general statement of LOVE. I’ve changed my mindset about Valentine’s Day since those days in high school in that I don’t want to just make it about the love Aaron and I have for each other. I want to make it a day to show people how much they are loved. To tell the girl at Starbucks how much I appreciate her. To give my friends a call to tell them how much they mean to me. To show the younger people I’m around that they are beautiful and have amazing things to offer this world.
Won’t you do that? Today wish someone a Happy Valentines day and let someone know how much you appreciate them and that they are noticed. It may mean more than you’ll ever know.