FACT: I LOVE love.
Your reaction as you read this:
I just don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day though. I’m not one for sentimental displays of affection. I joke that boyfriends have always gotten off easy, because I refuse the acknowledge the day.
Which leads people to believe that I hate romance, or love. That I reject the idea of it.
Nope. Not true at all.
It’s lovely. Besides, to know me is to know I LOVE candy. How can a person who loves candy as much as I do even possibly dislike the second most candy-oriented holiday of the year?*
Kids. Love is this awesome and amazing thing, and it does more than release endorphins. It motivates. It inspires. It creates.
Well… I think it should.
Too often, #LOVE is often relegated to this one day.
A shit ton of importance is placed on this day.
A day for a grand and wonderful expression of love.
That? That’s boring. I HATE that. That I hate. Ick. It’s so…
That kind of love, that same old, same old love is what I raise an eyebrow to and kiss my teeth at. I have higher standards for love. I don’t want the same old. I don’t want sentimental teddy bears or milk chocolate hearts. I don’t’ want lukewarm bubbly, or a dinner out.
Been there. Done that.
Do better. Expect better.
My standards for #LOVE is means that I’m ACTUALLY a romantic.
(Waits for y’all to stop laughing)
Love should be an everyday expression, and not one that you wait to toss into a card. You have 365 opportunities to show love, so why try to cram it all into one day? By cramming it into this ONE day, most people end up getting half assed attempt at a grand gesture, and THAT is something I hate. Half-assery. Y’know what I hate even more? People giving credit to half-assery. Thinking that this ONE day is the one day to know and experience love.
Are you serious?
You got a card today. A dinner even. But tomorrow? Do you just go back to the same old tomorrow? WHYYYYYY? By placing importance and value on that ONE day, you miss out on the other days. You inadvertently tell the people in your life that they don’t have to make any effort the other 364 days because as long as they show they #LOVE you today, it’ll make up the difference.
I know…other holidays are relegated to one day. We don’t celebrate Christmas 365 days of the year, so why this one. Really? Look at this way: a faithful Christian** gives thanks for the life of Jesus every day, so why can’t we acknowledge and give thanks for love every day?
I’ll be honest: part of me just wants cinnamon hearts to be available year-round, but also, I want…seek out…and cultivate love every day.
It’s more effort. But it’s worth it. You’re worth it and you know for DAMN sure I think I’m worth it.
* – candy usually goes on sale at 6 pm…y’all have no idea how excited I am
** – faithful Christians, feel free to correct me on the frequency thing. I got kicked out of Sunday school when I was 8 AND I’m an atheist, so I’m basing my assumption on how my friends and family act.