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Oh Valentines Day. I have nothing against it, but let’s face it: to a single gal past a certain age you can either take offense to the whole holiday or treat it like Arbor Day and blow it off. I’ve gone back and forth between the two extremes, myself, but this year I find myself…I dunno, just feeling different about it. Maybe it’s because I’m more comfortable with myself and I’m not taking the bombardment of red and pink foil in every store aisle personally. Maybe I’ve finally gotten it through my head that the holiday isn’t an excuse for couples to laugh at those of us who, for whatever reason, are doing the solitary thing. Maybe I’ve just learned to like people more.
In all seriousness, this year I find myself appreciating those around me a lot more than before: family, friends, my friends’ kids…I don’t know if I’ve just grown up or if the past few years have broken and rebuilt me enough to realize that everyone is beautiful and everyone deserves good stuff in their lives – and their own awesomeness doesn’t mean that I can’t have awesomeness in my own way. A person’s personal life doesn’t have to be a competition.
Or as my married friends like to reinforce – You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are!!!
This ‘grass is always greener’ syndrome really seems to come out this time of year, and for once I’m at the point where I’m not resenting it. Let’s face it- we all think if we could just have that one thing we don’t already have, then our lives will be complete. It could be a significant other, children, a different job, fame and glory, power given by alien overlords to make you dictator over earth…anything. But everything is a give and take because we’re all human, not walking ideals. I will not deny it – with how crazy my schedule gets sometimes, it is a relief to not have to worry about another person…but I will also admit it can get a little lonely, and albeit what some people assume about me, I’m not knocking single life or relationships, because I’ve heard glorification and gripes from the other side of the fence, too.
So let’s stop pining away for what we think is better. You have no idea what turn your life is going to take or who’s going to come into your life, but if you’re always looking and never enjoying where you’re at, then you can’t welcome in the good stuff that’s trying to come into your life! So enjoy being able to eat food out of the cartons, doing whatever you want when you want, and spending all day in your pjs! Or if you rather, enjoy coming home and sharing your day with that person that makes you go all gooey inside (even if you want to smother them in their sleep occasionally).
I’m celebrating this year by trying to appreciate people. Friends, family, the amazing crowd that’s been pumping all my latest endeavors full of encouragements…I am surrounded by awesome people. Even the folks that I don’t even know but pass everyday in stores or on the road…you never know what they have to deal with, and even if I’m just sending a silent well-wish, well, at least that’s something I can do.
Last year I may have gone on a massive operation beautiful post-it fest through decoration and candy aisles, filling the commercial with positive messages. That may have to happen again…
So how do you feel about Valentines Day? Is it romantic, depressing, hopeful, a threat? How do you celebrate?