February, and specifically Valentine’s Day, means different things to different people. The interpretation of this [Hallmark] holiday varies depending upon one’s stage of life.
Are you single but yearning for a relationship? Then perhaps you begrudge Valentine’s Day and yearn for Feb. 15 instead, when it’s all over.
If you’ve just entered the throes of a new romance, it would seem Valentine’s Day has been created especially for you. Every reference to the day and every advertisement you hear speaks to your unique and special life situation which is, incidentally, positively wonderful.
Perhaps you’ve been married for a few years, with a couple kids, and the absence of a reliable babysitter. Valentine’s Day is basically like any other day. A peck on the cheek when you say goodbye in the morning as you both hurry out the door is hardly the stuff of romance novels.
Maybe you’re an older couple, with grown children. Although it’s just the two of you at home, your relationship is comfortable. Or maybe you’re just getting to know one another again after the last child has left the nest. You’re reacquainting yourselves with one another. A sense of renewal and excitement is the theme of your relationship.
Despite its unromantic origin, today all that Valentine’s Day really symbolizes is love, however you define it. Love can mean a profound and deep passion for another person. Or it can be a feeling of warm attachment or deep affection, such as for a parent, a child or a friend.
Today, let’s add to the meaning behind Valentine’s Day to include love for one self. Take the time to reflect on all the positives in your life and the best parts of you. It may be the only ‘gift’ you get, but it could be the best thing you could do for your own mental health. And that’s a gift that just keeps on giving.