I hadn’t planned on doing any Valentine’s Day type stuff on the blog for a number of reasons. Mainly because Valentine’s Day has been made into a Hallmark holiday, meaning companies use it to make loads of money when it was actually founded on executions by the Romans in the 3rd century A.D. It’s become less about celebrating love and more about gifts and chocolates and gross movies like 50 Shades of Grey.
Still confused why these movies are being made???
However, I woke up this morning to a card addressed to me on the kitchen island and immediately felt so much love for and from my other half who was still sound asleep. I don’t know why but when he leaves things like that for me to wake up to, I just think it is so sweet.
And it got me thinking. Valentine’s Day has been made into a very superficial holiday, when it should truly be about celebrating the love you have for your close family, friends, and partners. And that’s it. Because actual love isn’t proved by superficial things like diamonds and fancy dinners. It’s proved by every day things like making dinner for your partner when they’re too busy or overwhelmed, being there for your friends when they’re going through a hard time, and making time to talk to your parents every once in awhile, especially after you’ve moved out of the house.
Hopefully you’re doing this on a consistent basis anyway, but Valentine’s Day should be a day where you take the time to tell those special people that you love and appreciate them, not for fancy gifts and emptying your wallet on something that will be chucked in the bin.
If you find that you’re expecting your partner to spend loads of money on you today, I would challenge you to really think about the importance of that. Would you rather a giant teddy bear and some chocolates, or a night without phones, cuddling on the couch and watching movies together? Because I will always choose the latter. Not only because I’m lazy and love cosy nights in, but because money is not a fundamental piece of our relationship. And when it comes to our relationship, I will always choose love over items.
Also where the hell do you keep those giant teddy bears anyway???
We don’t have any special plans tonight, but D has booked a dinner out in London on Friday night for the two of us. It’ll just be about us spending time together and trying out a new restaurant, which is exactly how we want it to be. I received a gorgeous bouquet of red roses at work. And even though I know red roses are so #basic and cliche, I don’t care – they are my favourite flower. I know how lucky I am to have fallen in love with such a smart, caring, and handsome man who consistently makes me laugh all day long. He is my absolute best friend in life and understands me better than even I understand myself some days. I wouldn’t trade what I have with him for anything in the world. And saying that, my dear friends, basically concludes my Valentine’s Day post.
Just take a few minutes today to tell the special people in your life that you appreciate them. If you want some chocolate, eat it. If you want to stay on your diet, do that too. Don’t break it just because it’s Valentine’s Day. If you want to go to the gym after work, do it. But regardless of what you do, I hope you are filled with love today. I hope you receive a lot of love, give a lot of love, and celebrate the love you have for yourself.
And now I will stop being mushy gushy because even on Valentine’s Day, it can only last for so long. All I can think about at the moment is the IKEA furniture we ordered to be delivered over the weekend and I’m super duper excited about it. We’re getting much closer to finishing our flat and I can’t wait to show you all everything we’ve put together!
Have a lovely Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, hump day, 14th of February, whatever you call it!