I asked Ralph to be my Valentine. He obliged.
Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap especially amongst
bitterly single people like myself as being the most obnoxious day ever. As if we weren’t subjected to enough Kay Jewelers commercials around Christmastime, then we have to see the sickly-sweet Vday media bombardment.
Valentine’s Day seems so shallow especially if you’re recently out of a relationship, but what it represents is so deep- love for family, love for friends, love and gratitude for blessings that are prevalent for most of us.
Sometimes you only know something exists simply because light casts shadows on your darkness. I know love exists because it is bright and bold- it shone on all lesser things and helped me focus on it’s lightness.
So if you’re blissfully in love today- with a person or just with life, Happy Valentine’s Day!
I used to be so annoyed about how Valentine’s Day seemed to only be about materialism and coupledom- but I’ve learned that there’s a lot more to love than just being in a relationship.
A year ago, I adopted Ralph, made some amazing new friends and reconnected with existing ones- truly my life is filled with love and there’s so much to be thankful for today.
Love takes many forms- not just in cheesy cards and whether or not you fit the “mold” of Vday expectations- celebrate love however it’s present for you. Treat yourself today- you’ve gotta love yourself and share your heart with the world before a partner comes into the picture.
..and to celebrate love, enjoy this final video from the Love Drop project that raised over $90,000 in 2011 and touched the lives of 12 deserving families. If there’s anything that exemplifies love and truly shares the spirit of Valentine’s Day more than cheesy cards and candy ever could, it’s giving back.