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Today is Valentine’s Day. Expectations are high that suddenly we will all turn into romantic, rich, beautiful, energetic, sexy people. On this day, we will find our perfect match and he/she will suddenly become the romantic, thoughtful, flawless person we have always wanted. At least that is what the marketing gurus at Jared Jewelers, 1-800-flowers and Hallmark have led us to believe.
Try as we might it is hard to let go and not succumb to the pressure this holiday put on us. If we are single, we feel less than, because we don’t have a significant other to share this high holiday. If we are in a relationship, we feel a lot of pressure to live up to the grand gestures and romantic dialogue that has been drilled into us since January 1.
In reality, the focus of the holiday is a good one. This day, February 14th is about LOVE. It has been twisted and demented into an impossible level of romantic love. But love has many shapes and forms, the love we have for our life partners, the love we have for our best friends, the love we have for our family members, the love we have for our animals and the love we have for ourselves.
This holiday isn’t about living up to what Kay Jewelers says romance is–it is about appreciating those people in our lives who love us know matter what. It is about expressing our love to the people who hold our hands and pull us through the tough times. Showing how much we care to the people who laugh with us until our sides hurt and celebrate our victories. So today, take the time to express to those closest to you how much they mean to you. We all need our tribe of people to make this world a little happier.
I found this quote today and couldn’t resist posting it here in honor of Valentine’s Day–this is love: