Today is my first Valentine’s Day as a single person in 13 years.
I think it’s a particularly emotionally challenging today, as opposed to every other day that we singles have been single, because it’s a day everyone takes to celebrate partnership and love in a society that seems to believe anyone who is not partnered is incomplete.
I wish there was a day to celebrate independence, self-love, self-knowledge, self-sufficiency, personal growth, and being true to the essence of one’s own being, because although love is magical and wonderful and beautiful, it is those things that have brought me to a place where I can experience the most pure form of love, even outside the context of a relationship. It is those things that have freed me and helped me live fully and happily.
Happy Valentine’s Day to the person I love the most, who has taught me more than I could ever have imagined, who is always there to laugh with me, have faith in me, push me to succeed, support me, love me and listen to me. Happy Valentine’s Day, self.