Love is in the air every day and it comes in different forms, but February is the month when we are bombarded with romantic or passionate love. I would say that Valentine’s Day is an entirely commercialized day. Stereotypically, it is the day where people in relationships get to be all over each other and express their love as if they never have before. On the flip side, people who are single feel completely left out and are often down on themselves due to the overload of PDA on social media. The excess amount of love floating around on Valentines Day often leads to a depressing month for a lot of people. That said, it is incredibly important to maintain mental and emotional health and put yourself first. I say make the entire month of February an expression of the most important kind of love: Self Love.
Though it may sound narcissistic I think there is value in taking care of yourself and being proud of every aspect that makes you who you are. Why do we find it so hard to show that we care about ourselves? We all live individual crazy lives full of school and work and it is so easy to forget about loving ourselves, especially when Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the entire universe is telling you that you need to be in love with someone else. There is so much pressure placed on women in their twenties to find their perfect someone and the pressure can often be degrading to our self-esteem. It is important that we realize relationships are not our priority at this day in age.
If we spend our twenties worrying about when we are going to find “the one,” these precious years are going to be gone in an instant and it is going to take a toll on our overall mentality. Now is the time where we need to think about ourselves and make self-love a priority. Don’t make it your goal to find the perfect someone because they are out there and eventually you will find them. In this very moment in your life, focus on what you can control, which is how you feel about yourself. The phrase “good things come to those who wait” couldn’t be more relevant, especially around Valentine’s Day. Think of February 14th as any other day. Ignore the commercialization and overload of cute couple pictures. Valentine’s Day is not a make or break situation whether you are in a relationship or not. Love is not defined based on one day. Love progresses through time, just as we develop as people over time. If we spend this month focusing on ourselves and not worrying about who society tells us to be, Valentine’s Day will become a day everyone loves.
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