For some of you, the dreaded day is approaching… Valentine’s Day.
There are the people who love this day, who are excited about their plans and dolling themselves up for celebration. And on the other side of the spectrum, there are the people who despise it, who call it over-rated and roll their eyes at the decorations and things on sale. Or there are the people who don’t even want to talk about it because they were hurt recently. In between there are the ones who are indifferent and see it as any other day.
I think Valentine’s Day is a sweet holiday. Disregarding the material aspect of it (gifts, flowers, cards, chocolate, etc.), I think what it fundamentally stands for is wonderful. Love is something that should be celebrated. You know, everybody wants it… love. Everyone is so desperately searching for it. And if they don’t find it the first time, they try and try again. Love is something that seems to be everywhere yet so painstakingly difficult to find or nurture. It is something precious.
I’m not here to tell you what to do on February 14th. I’m not going to list out alternative things for you to do on that day and I’m not here to give any advice on love or relationships.
I am just here to say do not feel ugly. Do not keep a bitter heart or throw yourself a pity party. Do not tell yourself that there is no one out there who will ever love you. Do not feel hatred for the world or for people- including yourself.
Just do not lose your love for yourself on such a lovely day.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
P.S. Happy reading break or Chinese New Year (festivities go for 15 days starting February 10th)!