Don’t Have to Look Far for Love

Today is the day in which we celebrate love in all of the forms it comes. Traditionally there is a romantic focus on Valentine’s Day, but that does not have to be the case for everyone. Whether you are single, married, in a relationship, or unsure where you and your partner stand, you should celebrate the different types of love you have in your life. Today should not be a day to throw a little pity party for being alone on this day that is supposedly the most romantic day of the year. Appreciate the friends and family that love you, and in doing that you will not feel alone.

St. Valentine is known as the Patron Saint of love, young people, and happy marriages. How did he become a Saint whose legacy was based on love? The story of St. Valentine is truly unknown, and there are many stories as to how he became a martyr. One of the more common stories about St. Valentine involves him proving his Christian faith after being arrested to a judge. The judge decides to put St. Valentine’s faith to the test and promises that if he can restore the judge’s daughter’s vision, he will do anything Valentine requests. St. Valentine is able to restore the child’s sight and asks that all of the idols be torn down in the judge’s house. Later St. Valentine was arrested again for trying to convert people to Christianity, marrying Christian couples, and aiding Christians who were being prosecuted in Rome under Claudius II. Claudius demanded that Valentine renounce his faith, but Valentine stood firm in his beliefs and was ultimately sentenced to death. Another story that connects to today’s tradition of calling a person, “my Valentine,” states that Valentine healed the blind child while imprisoned and left her a note signed, “Your Valentine.” When you have a Valentine, that person (hopefully) makes you the best version of yourself regardless of any “imperfections” you think you have.

St. Valentine was someone who was selfless while allowing others to be selfish and fall in love with others. Why, then, are so many people envious of people in love on Valentine’s Day? If we follow St. Valentine, we should be joyous for people who are in love. Envy only makes people feel lonelier and sadder about their current relationship status. We should celebrate the love people feel for one another. I know it may be challenging not having a romantic partner with whom you want to celebrate today, but that should not stop you from embracing the love between other people. If you were in a relationship during Valentine’s Day, you would want others to be happy for you.

Valentine’s Day should also be about understanding the significance of love that friends share with one another. My friends and I are like a family; we can tell each other anything, and we are each others steadfast supporters. This Valentine’s Day I want to let them know how much I appreciate having them in my life and that I really do love them like sisters. People who have close relationships with people tend to be happier with their life. Having a support system is crucial for success. What good is it to accomplish a goal and have no one to celebrate with and for you? Focus on everyone in your life who builds you up to be your best self, and make sure that they know they are also loved and appreciated.

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

John Lennon

With all of the craziness that goes on everyday, take some time and tell the people around you that you love them. Love does not have to always have romantic implications. Tell your parents, friends, significant others, and anybody else that is important to you that you are happy that they support you and want to see you succeed. Be selfless and celebrate others’ love just as St. Valentine did. Love is rare and hard to find sometimes, so once you find it, do not let it slip through the cracks.

I wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day full of love.

Monica

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