Valentine's Day: Celebrating Love Everywhere in Your Life (Not Just Relationships)

Dear St. Valentine... I don't know what to make of you. My Valentine's day memories, in snapshots, look something like this: Grade school: writing out valentines for everyone in class like we were instructed to do and hoping I’d get a special one back from the cute boy in class. (“Do you like me? Circle one: Yes, No, Maybe”,) High School: Awkward dates, College: A few flowers, but usually just another night to play some beer pong, Early Twenties: Lots of girls nights out, Since my husband and I started dating: Awesome, but so is every day with him (forgive me for the cheesiness.) Since our wedding anniversary is the week before Valentine’s Day, we generally spend it with a home cooked dinner and some wine at the house, which is much nicer to me than battling with hundreds of other couples in the area for a prime table at a local restaurant.

I’m sure that many of you have similar experiences with this holiday, depending on where you are in your life. And hey, if you are in a relationship, get flowers, AND play beer pong, kudos to you and your significant other. But in all seriousness, a lot of pressure is placed on this holiday to be in love, and unfortunately many people wrongly feel as though by not being in a romantic relationship, they are left out and not up to par.

This year, I think it is important to acknowledge that love is not just about having a significant other. Love is everywhere – in the people you surround yourself with, the hobbies you adore, and the places you call home. Love is in your dog’s excitement when you walk through the front door, a great book, and in the fresh flowers you bought yourself to brighten up your home. Love is taking an hour and dedicating it to your health and well-being by doing yoga or going for a run.

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate not just relationships, but what is just as important – the love you can find everywhere in your life if you just open your eyes to it.

Related Posts

Sites We Love

Unlock The Healing Power Of Food

Sign up for FREE access to mindbodygreen's Functional Nutrition Webinar to learn how food can be a pathway to optimal health & wellbeing.

Sign Up Now Loading next article...

Your article and new folder have been saved!