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The Most Important Valentine (Spoiler, It’s You!)

Valentine’s Day: You either love it (no pun intended) or you hate it. But, I think we’ve all lost the true meaning of the holiday of love.

Valentine’s Day is the designated one day of the year where hearts, angels and pure love is spilled all over the grocery aisles, streets and everywhere in between. It should be a day to rejoice in ourselves; to take a longer time when looking in the mirror and reaffirm ourselves:

  • “I am beautiful.”
  • “I am intelligent.”
  • “I am unique.”
  • “I am special.”
  • “I am wonderful.”
  • “Today, and every day, is my day!”

(Feel free to add in your unique goals and compliments; maybe even point out your favorite feature about yourself!)

Valentine’s Day is centered around love, and furthermore: loving yourself. It’s important to let the others around you know how important they are to you and how much you appreciate their specific presence in your life, but you must make time for yourself!

When it comes to the holiday, I feel it can easily be misconstrued as a day only about others, or only celebrated by those who have a partner to share it with. And while it certainly includes that, it is so much more as well! We need to perceive ourselves as whole beings, rather than halves waiting for the other piece.

Having a partner is nice! It teaches us life lessons, boosts our confidence, encourages us to try new things and hey– it’s fun! But a partner is an add-on, not the definition of who we are. We are our own beings; therefore, we deserve time on our special day! Sharing Valentine’s Day with someone can be comforting and fulfilling in making someone else feel good. Even when celebrating the day with a significant other, it’s vital to also recognize the internal love that you need to shower yourself with that day as well.

I feel that some of the most important things to do on your day are to look into what makes you happy and make time for those acts. Update any New Year’s Resolutions, check in on yourself through journaling, cook a meal with friends or just lay in bed all day for some ultimate me-time: whatever will make you feel happiest!

I may not be very good at math, and science can confuse the h*ll out of me, but I do understand how hard our body works to keep us going every day. Every day you wake up is a great day, because you get to bless the world around you with your presence (never forget that)! This holiday is a token and a gift, from ourselves back to us. While you may change over the year, your love for yourself should be a staple just as Valentine’s Day being Feb. 14 is.

Valentine’s Day can bring a nice break from reality and be a needed reminder to yourself that you are special, and so importantly: you are loved.

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Bella Bozied is an Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) and Editing, Writing and Media (EWM) double major at Florida State University. She is working towards a future within the social media and writing/journalism industry!
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