Every single one of you is a beautiful person. Your worth to the world has absolutely nothing to do with the gifts, flowers, and chocolates that you receive today, whether they arrive in overwhelming waves or not at all.
You mean something to someone. Whether it’s your family, a loved one, your best friend, your faithful pet, or even the Starbucks employee down the street who looks forward to seeing you every day, your presence radiates and has a positive effect on those around you.
Today is Valentine’s Day. It’s a day when some men shower their significant others with presents and love in an attempt to cover up their lack of affection the rest of the year, when some couples scorn a day that’s made for love rather than celebrating another day to cherish each other, and when many people don’t partake at all, willfully or otherwise. This day does not define you. You are not a box of chocolates. You are not a night home alone with takeout and a movie to keep you company. You are not roses and hearts.
Men have an inordinate amount of power in your lives, from the negative attention and objectification to worship and placing you on pedestals. Valentine’s Day exists as a time when that power can make you feel desirable or unwanted, loved or lonely, happy or bitter – all in response to the actions of someone else. You and you alone are responsible for your feelings – don’t let someone else have that power over you. Enjoy today as a day when chocolate is plentiful, when love is palpable, and, most importantly, as a day that is no more important from one month to another.
Actually, that’s not true, because March 14th is Steak and a Blowjob Day, and there is no day more important than that. So, umm, forget everything I just said.
Happy Valentine’s Day!