I'm a guy. Really, I'm a guy but I've grown to like Valentines Day.
I am sure I don't like the commercialization of it and don't like feeling obliged to do anything. But I've grown to understand or accept Valentine's Day in a different light.
So what is Valentines Day anyway?
Is Valentine's Day just a "Hallmark Holiday"? One of those holidays designed to sell cards, candy and jewelry?
Is it a just a day men run around like little flower bearing cupids with their heads cut off seemingly trying to stay out of trouble for yet another year?
Is it a day for boosting restaurant bookings?
Is it a day for helping kids with "Be My Valentine" cards?
Is it a day for remembering Chicago Gangsters?
Is it Christian or is it Pagan?
None of those things really float the old steam barge I've become.
When somethings doesn't suit me, I reinvent it to make it's more compatible with my way of seeing things. It's a cool trick cause you can do it right between your ears.
So what is it?
For me - it's none of those things I bubbled up to the top of this post.
For me - It's a day I remember friends. It's a day that I can remember and renew relationships (my other half urges - "not THOSE kind of relationships").
For me - its a birthday. One of my very best friends from childhood was born on February 14th. When Valentines day comes along I think of him. Okay - I think of him way more than once a year. Happy Birthday Rick.
For me - I like to remember my friends and how lucky I am to actually have them. (friends that is)
I have come to realize that most people like to know they're loved. Your friends are your fans, your tribe, your people. They are the group you can count on in a jam.
Not everybody is going to be your friend but everyone is a potential friend.
Valentine's Day, in the past, has had a bad reputation as a BS holiday but I would like to turn it around and think of it in a bit of a different way. I would like to think of my friends.
That's why, today, to my friends and my potential friends, I wish you all a Happy Valentines Day and you should know that I am thinking about you.
I like to think different.
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