Sometimes something inspires me to write a post; a graphic, a sentence, a memory. A Valentines Day post comes naturally and does not need special assistance from outside influences.
Since I feel the same way each day of the year, the one day set aside in this country for the big Love Fest is pretty much routine for me. That does not mean it is not special; each day is.
Loving someone for me does not mean hanging on so tightly that my lover can barely breathe. It would take so much energy to keep squeezing that the generous kind of love in me would be smothered.
Valentines Day can be a fun day as long as it doesn't set someone up for a letdown like other holidays. Remember when we were kids and how important it was to get some Valentines cards from school mates? I didn't think of it at the time, but how horrible to be a kid who no one gave a card to. I always made my own cards and would customize each card to the recipient's personality. The class clown got a clown card. The brainiac got a gold star and A plus. The shy person got a curtain of material I sewed to the front of the card and when the curtain lifted there was a small mirror.
When I got to high school I did not participate in any extra curricular activities. Partly because I attended four different high schools and did not know that many people. The one thing that I disliked in high school was realizing the encouragement the "in" crowd received from teachers and each other. The popular people never paid attention to the shy people, the misfits, or the geeky people (the reason for the pic in this post). I would wonder if the people wanting to be in the popular crowd were the ones who did not receive Valentine cards when they were younger.
Love is not a romantic head in the clouds Hollywood movie response to the attention we receive from others. Love is genuinely caring and sincerely appreciating the small things between people. A person not in a romantic relationship is still loved. Is still worthy of a gigantic Valentine and a huge heart box of chocolates.
When I say "I love you", believe it. Happy Valentines Day no matter what is going on in your life right now. Do something for someone else, think of others today, pour some sincere love into the world on this Valentines Day, and enjoy when love is returned to you tenfold.
Happy Valentines Day.