We all love love. That’s why when you’re in love, Valentine’s Day is usually pretty exciting. The red roses, the diamond rings, the teddy bears, the kind words, the sloppy kisses, the sweet chocolate, and the even sweeter notes all make this day special… for those with a significant other. For the rest of us, we get to scroll through Instagram and try to ignore all the lovey-dovey, mushy-gushy, and adorable gestures exchanged, recorded, and posted for all to see.
It seems as though I’m not the only one who thinks this way. This past week, one of my friends, who also happens to be single, proudly exclaimed, “I hate Valentine’s Day.” I noticed that I was quick to agree.
But how can we hate a day that is supposedly a day of love? Kind of ironic if you ask me. We’ve twisted this day of enjoying the presence of our loved ones into a day where we wish we had a special someone.
I’ve decided that I’m sick of this bitter trend of mine. I’ve decided that it does me no good to gawk at the cute couples and hope that I don’t turn into a crazy cat lady (which, at this point, is looking more and more appealing to me). I need to take advantage of this day, even when I’m single. I need to love those that are in my life right here, and right now, instead of sitting and waiting for my future to arrive.
I’m going to go all out for Valentine’s Day. And not because I have a significant other, but because there are so many people in my life that are significant to me. I think that’s worth celebrating.
I’m gonna love Valentine’s Day because it’s a reminder that I am surrounded by a family that cares about me and friends that make each day ten times better than the last. Sometimes I forget to love them well and this day is the perfect opportunity to do so.
I’m tired of feeling depressed and lonely on this day because, in reality, I’m neither miserable nor alone. I have an unexplainable joy from an indescribable freedom and an endless stream of mercy and love from a constant companion that just so happens to holds my heart.
“But You, Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”