Is everyone feeling the love this week with Valentine's Day approaching? Doing some research into the history behind this day was fascinating. There are so many stories and legends and they did not all relate to love. I won't go into detail, but it's worth looking it up on the good ol' interweb!
I actually have not been a huge fan of Valentine's Day because, like so many other holidays in our country, I personally feel like it has been commercialized. Also, social media now creates this added pressure because you are able to "see" everyone else's celebrations which then turns it into a competition- which it should not be. All of that being said, I am always a fan of showing gratitude and love to the people that play an important role in your life - no matter what day it is.
This week, for my kid's virtual school, they are celebrating, "Caring for Others Week" which I think is a wonderful take on the infamous Hallmark holiday. Their week includes Cozy Day (wearing extra comfy clothing or pj's for class), Compassionate Day (showing your compassion with kind messages on your shirt), and then Comfort Day (bring something to your desk that brings you comfort.)
These are such simple messages with powerful meaning behind them - to remind us to take care of ourselves and the people around us. To me, that is what this day (and every day!) should be about. It's not all about chocolate heart shaped boxes, flowers, and cards, but about showing some love to yourself and the loved ones around you.
So on Valentine's Day, wear your comfy clothing, put a sign up on your mirror that says, "you're awesome," and snuggle up with whoever or whatever brings you comfort.
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
As always, thank you for reading.