Itâ€™s Valentineâ€™s Day week. Hearts are everywhere, roses abound, chocolate is allowed, and romantic getaways are promoted. Love is grand for those who have found it, and I enjoy observing the couples who are truly meant for each other.
Yet many of us donâ€™t get to plan a night out for two. Weâ€™re busy living lives on our own, surrounded by friends, enjoying the freedom of a solitary life.
â€œBe the person you want to be withâ€ is a popular mantra these days, yet around these kinds of holidays, being a couple seems to be more important than working on being oneâ€™s own best friend.
As a single gal, it is hard to balance the holiday promotions while not perpetuating the â€œif youâ€™re single somethingâ€™s wrong with youâ€ implication of this holiday.
I am perfectly uniquely me, and I am happily living my life the best way I can on my own until Mr. Wonderful finally stops to ask for directions to my vicinity. (Heâ€™s clearly gotten lost without wanting to admit it!)
Over the past 6 months, self-love has become a big word for several people in my community, and that is something I can get behind.
Who says we need our partner to draw us a bath, take us on a romantic night out, buy us flowers or chocolate? I can do all of those things on my own, any day of the year, if I choose to do so.
So, my message is to not bum yourself out on this particular day. We can and should appreciate ourselves every day of the year, and we donâ€™t need someone else to do that for us. (Though their validation is always graciously accepted.)
Love yourself for who you are, and tell your bestie what you appreciate about them. Give love to the non-romantic companions in your life who always lend an ear and never turn down the opportunity for a hug.
There is plenty of love to go around without that special man or woman in your life. Your sparkle is noted by many and just because you donâ€™t get a flower or candy delivery at your door on February 14 doesnâ€™t mean your radiance hasnâ€™t made a difference in someone elseâ€™s life.
Set a date with YOU. Indulge in something youâ€™ve always wanted to try but havenâ€™t committed to yet. Post a query on social media to see if others want to tag along. Write yourself a gift certificate to do something for yourself and calendar it into a date when you think you can swing it.
You are NEVER alone, and you are ALWAYS surrounded by love. Be happy with who you are right now, this minute, and revel in your unique awesomeness.
Meanwhile, there’s always eye candy!