It’s February 14. You know what that means? Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day! And it’s one of my favorite holidays. Big stuffed teddy bears with heart collars, boxes and boxes of chocolates, and dozens of red roses line up every store window.
The beautiful colors, delicious chocolates, and lovely little gifts and cards shared between loved ones makes today such a positive and uplifting holiday. I know some girls are thinking, “but I don’t have a boyfriend so this year is just going to be another night of me crying into my ice cream carton binge-watching ‘Scandal’.” Well, if that is you and you are reading this right now, we are going to change that mindset. Yes, Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated by a couple in love, but that doesn’t need to be the case. I love Valentine’s Day because it encourages everyone, regardless of relationship status, to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of life and to just love and appreciate. One tradition in my family is that every February 14, my dad will come home with five cards, one beautiful bouquet of a dozen roses, five boxes of chocolate, and a little something extra for each of his daughters. My mom, three sisters and I anxiously await the yummy chocolates, and the little box wrapped in hearts, and the most special part is reading the unique message he writes on each card. The look on my mom’s face when my dad hands her the roses, as if she is shocked with this gesture, is a memory that I will never forget. My dad definitely set the bar HIGH for any boyfriend or husband of a Sherbin daughter.
Aside from the candy, flowers, and adorable cards, Valentine’s Day, the holiday of love, offers an important message to all that I think is forgotten way too often. That is to love. Love your life. Love your friends. Love your partner. Love your family. Love YOURSELF.
That right there, to me, is the most important one. More people need to stop and take the time to love themselves, love who they are, love what they do, and love their lives. If you are having a stressful day, take some time to do something that makes you smile, and it doesn’t hurt to have an excuse to eat chocolate all day. Loving and caring for yourself is the best way to keep yourself happy and healthy.
Valentine’s Day should be a holiday based around loving yourself and being proud to be you. Whether you do that by sitting in bed alone watching sad movies, sharing a 5-star meal with the love of your life, or somewhere in between, having love in your life is the best thing you can do.