Some words for you on Valentine's Day
Every year I see lots of Gaians who get down in the dumps about Valentine's Day because you don't have a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend - no significant other of any sort. Many people who aren't being showered with "romantic dinners", candies, flowers, gifts, or any of the myriad of items commercials indicate people should be getting on this day can feel alienated and "unlovable".
What I want you all to remember, and really hear, is that this isn't true. It isn't about your not being lovable, fantastic, amazing, and worthy. It is a commercial holiday, and you don't need candy, perfume, or cards to tell how important you are. You don't even need another person to tell you this, though it can be nice to hear. You are amazing, worthy, and loveable. You are valuable, beautiful, unique, and loveable just as you are, in this moment. Know this. Embrace this as your truth.
You know what I do every Valentine's Day? I go to the gym and work off the calories in a box of Valentine's Day candies! I don't eat the candies first either! I take care of myself and show myself authentic love by improving my health and strengthening my heart. And the better I am to myself, the better I am to others.
Chocolates and dinners get eaten, flowers wilt, and perfume runs out but learning to respect and value yourself, to love who you are and treat yourself right, this is real love that lasts.