February is here and everyone is breaking out the red and pink everywhere I go. For some, this triggers the gag reflex. Valentine's Day seems like a very contradicted holiday. People love it or they hate it. Specifically, many of my single friends hate the holiday, because they feel excluded from it or it is a reminder of their relationship status (which shouldn't be depressing). I wish we could all be happy with what we are and where we are in life. When I was in creative writing in High School, I had a teacher who introduced me to a new way of celebrating Valentine's Day and I love it and have done it for 10 years now. She said
"Valentine's Day should be about celebrating anything you love, not just storybook romance."
In her class we would celebrate chocolate and art and literature and roller-blading and scuba-diving. This kind of celebration makes Valentine's Day rock no matter who you are. This year, try writing a kind note to someone you care about, getting flowers for a loving parent, or a good friend. Have an all-day-marathon of something you love like movies, cooking, video games, or dancing. Love you, and treat yourself to a day full of things you love and enjoy that make you happy. What ever or whoever it is that you love, find a way to celebrate that on Valentine's Day. There is plenty of LOVE to go around! :)