Heart shaped candies, chocolate boxes, baskets and other items currently lining store shelves are reminders that Valentine’s Day is coming up soon.
Yes, the annual celebration of love is getting closer. However, as a person who is currently single, I can’t help feeling like Valentine’s Day is just another day.
As well, I know some people who would say that Valentine’s Day only serves to remind them that they are still single.
I remember when I was a kid in elementary school, Valentine’s Day was a bit more special. Every student would receive valentines with their name on them.
In my opinion, this allowed all of the students to feel included in this celebration. But, as everyone grew older, the perspective of Valentine’s Day changed to being a day just for couples.
However, I have a recommendation for those who are single on Valentine’s Day. Instead of letting it be a day that reminds you that you don’t have a partner, use it as an opportunity to tell those in your life who you respect and love how much you appreciate them.
The reason, in my mind, that Valentine’s Day was special in school was because it showed that your friends were thinking about you. I think the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, if you are not in a relationship, is to let those around you know you appreciate them for how they have contributed to your life.
You could let your friends know just how much you appreciate the fact that they have been with you through the good times and the bad, or let a mentor know how you appreciate how they never gave up on you, or even simply just thank a co-worker for bringing a smile to your face every day or making you laugh.
I guess what I am getting at here is that we are all alive for a limited time, and I don’t think many of us truly know how many lives we touch or change, how our lives affect others. Even small acts of kindness can go a long way and can have a big impact on people’s lives.
I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to let someone know how they have impacted your life.
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