First of all, I honestly believe the world could do with all the love it could get.
So my view on life is to celebrate everything. Everything.
You and I both don't know how much time we have left.
My blog friend, Sarah, who was the first of all of us who were doing IVFs at the time to fall pregnant, lost her sister last week Friday to cancer.
Another blog friend had a due date of her fourth miscarriage yesterday.
At work I said to a colleage in a morning meeting, "so how's your Valentine's been so far?" and she said, "crap! I'm single and no hope of changing that in the near future" :)
I'm aware that everyone doesn't necessarily have a day worth celebrating. Celebrate the love you DO have anyway as my two blog friends do.
|beautiful sunset on Valentine's Eve|
I mean honestly, how bad will it be to wear a bit of red or pink? Or just to put a smile on your face?
I get the commercialisation of everything really. Not just Valentine's.
But by that token, are you going to boycott Life?
Easter, Christmas, everything?
Because of course the marketers are going to have a field day with all the "holidays" - that's their job and I don't begrudge them for doing it (very) well. I like to see people doing their thing :)
It's YOUR choice to decide whether to go all out or just a little bit, to spend a lot or a little. Or nothing at all.
People said to me, "well, we believe in celebrating love the whole year". Great - so do I.
We also celebrate love the whole year but if there's a day dedicated to love, you can bet I'm there!
So if I hear this comment in person, I say, "really, how do you do that?" because then I want to hear actual things you do, not some lovely hypothetical examples of it all.
I actually think most people bow out due to the huge money-making machine and don't realise that there are many degrees on the way to over the top.
Here's what we did:
- Kids wore red and white to school (okay, the school sent us THREE notes to remind us. I had to remind myself that most parents are not organised and would welcome the reminders)
- I wore a red jacket and D wore a shirt with some red stripes.
- I did teachers' gifts. Big mistake mentioning this at work - you should have heard those people :) But I wanted them to know I'm glad they're doing this and not me. You need patience working with 15 3 year olds and I don't have it!
- I did little gifts for the kids.
- D and I don't do big gifts but we do set aside time to spend together so I moved two coaching calls and we had a date night on the couch :) He also surprised me with a book full of NYC photos and a card (have I told you I think he should write cards? He writes JUST the right thing for the non-cheesy, of which I and most people are one)
|sneak peek - I'll post lots of pics properly next week|
I actually had a really nice Valentine's day.
What about you?
Do you do Valentine's? If yes, tell me about it.
If not, have I challenged your thinking in any way?