Valentine’s Day, Again…

I was about to look for one of my favourite rose photos, as I do for every Valentine’s Day post. Then I remembered this display I saw last year on a street in Germany…

It was impossible to walk by and not notice it, it was just so…. so… too much. I wanted to laugh and whisper something snarky in my friend’s ear. Instead I mustered a serious look, as a pair of eyes was sizing me up, trying to determine whether I was a potential customer or not.
Well, I certainly was not. The hearts display might make for a cute photo, but I don’t have the heart to display something like that in my home. That’s just not me.

I stopped, I looked, I photographed. Then I moved on, and the lady offering her vision on hearts and love did not seem too happy about it. I got the feeling her colourful open hearts triggered many reactions similar to mine.

Thinking about it, that’s just love, isn’t it? Well, at least that’s the case for many of us. Something catches our eye, we stop, we look, we ponder, perhaps we sample, then we move on, because it seldom feels right. A perfect match is rarely found early on, from a first attempt; and even then, it might take a long time to reach that point where the two persons are mature enough, know themselves and what they want, and are truly compatible.

As I’ve said many times before, I made peace with V Day long ago, even if it’s not my favourite holiday. I enjoy celebrating, and like many other people, I do need occasional reminders – we all get caught up in daily drama and start taking for granted exactly those people who deserve the best. What’s my “secret” to surviving Valentine’s Day, no matter whether I am in a relationship or not? Not taking it too seriously, that’s what it is. The way I see it, it’s about love, but I choose to think about loved ones in general, not only the person with whom I may be in a romantic relationship. Shock and horror, it’s also about self-love, treating myself to something nice – I love to be spoilt, to get a nice bouquet of roses and go to a romantic dinner, but I won’t deny myself small pleasures or feel bad about myself when life gets in the way and a certain someone isn’t there to offer me what I like. I can also treat myself, I deserve it.

Last but not least, this is just one day in the year. Don’t let it define your view on love or on what your life should be like. So don’t settle for anything or anyone, there’s no worse kind of loneliness than the one you feel when you’re with the wrong person. I’ll stop now, I’ve rambled on and on about this on previous occasions, and my view on the matter hasn’t changed. Later today I will, however, share a post I wrote a few years ago. I still find it funny, that first V Day celebration makes me smile. Oh, those lessons learnt…

So, no matter how or if you choose to celebrate it, have a nice day! If possible, do something nice for a loved one, help someone understand they aren’t alone, even if they aren’t part of a couple right now. There are so many kinds of love, why limit ourselves?…

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂 ❤

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