We have no plans for Valentine’s Day.
No, not even our parish dinner and dance.
I’m not even going to be mushy and say every day is Valentine’s Day. It’s not.
Valentine’s Day for us is just another day.
When Zach was younger, I would make valentines for his friends – which I know they accepted more for the candy-of-the-day than the unnecessary sentiment. And, in recent years, the ‘female humans’ of Lonely Planet Magazine India have been celebrating each other, but issue closing has caught up with us after six years. This year, it’s going to be just a lunch on Monday. Sigh.
So, who’s the person you can rely on for all that loving? Yourself.
(Yeah, I know I have Kevin and you have, or do not have, xyz; and they’re all wonderful...)
You have you.
This Valentine’s Day, indulge yourself.
Be kinder to yourself.
Decide to travel – if that would make you happy.
Look after your health.
Dare to push your boundaries.
Live a little… more.
Laugh a lot.
Like the most wise Maya Angelou said:
“Always laugh; it is the sweetest thing one can do for oneself and one’s fellow human being. When people see the laughing face, even if they’re jealous of it, their burden is lightened. But do it first for yourself.
Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself.
You must love yourself first, of course, and you must protect yourself when you can. You say, ‘Just a minute! I’m worth everything, dear.’”
Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
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