Valentine's Day: 5 Reasons Why I Love You

Cliché? Maybe. But, I do sincerely believe it's important to remind individuals why we love them dearly. It is indeed these individuals—the ones we love the most, the ones we cherish—that oftentimes receive the short end of the stick in terms of how we treat them. And yes, I myself am plenty guilty. So, here is my attempt (in writing, of course) to ameliorate those harmful effects. These are my own personalized reasons of why I love you:

1. Exuberance

Your jovial, bubbly demeanor is contagious. Your laughter sounds loud, vibrating off the walls, pulsating through my veins, warming the inner depths of my heart. And, yes, maybe you sometimes overcompensate for the dark depths you’ve previously experienced and witnessed—but, I love you because you don’t wallow in your sorrow. You don’t rest on your laurels. You grow and preserve, and, most importantly, you remain kind and compassionate throughout. And, despite your insecurities and doubts, you are formidable and, you will surely change the lives of many.

Here’s a beautiful quote that often makes me think of you:

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place” –Kurt Vonnegut

2. Empathy

Your concern, your empathy for others is honorable and highly commendable, something I myself sometimes lack. And, as previously mentioned, you will surely realize all that you intend to accomplish. And, why, you may ask, do I know this for a fact? Because, apart from all that you have already outwardly accomplished, you have solidified the most critical attribute. And that is, of course, the most important aspect of all. Character.

3. Self-reflection and awareness

Your willingness to self-reflectively modify your behavior so that you are kinder and more respectful to others is admirable. Even if you struggle with this particular concept, it’s the extended thought indeed that what counts the most. Although you choose to fervently negate it, your conscious presence characterized by self-awareness does impact the ones around you, the ones you touch with your kindness and gentleness. If you do indeed perceive to have had said something hurtful or excessively spiteful, your eagerness to apologize and clarify is something I highly admire.

4. Imperfection and Humbleness

Your willingness to admit you’re not perfect is another character feature I highly appreciate. You do not actively attempt to construe a façade. You readily admit that you don’t have all the answers, that you don’t have everything perfectly nor meticulously planned out. In a genuine fashion, you eagerly pinpoint the aspects of yourself you wish to improve and other behaviors/opinions/values you hope to conserve. In other words, you willingly admit that you are not perfect. Furthermore, you actively affirm that perfection is something that is simply unobtainable—and that sole, simple affirmation does indeed require honesty, self-awareness, and vulnerability.

Imperfection is the key—it’s the way of the surrounding world. And you are perfectly imperfect.

5. Simplicity

You’re very simple, and that is something I completely adore. For example, you religiously reject excessive materialism. No need for lavishness with you, the little things in life make you the most content (your children’s smile, a hot drink on a cold day, a peaceful summer morning, watching a scary movie, conversing with the one you love, and little acts of kindness here and there such as opening up a door for a stranger or helping your neighbors shovel off their driveway without being asked, or filling up your mom's gas tank if you’re driving her car, etc.).

In a world full of greed, corruption, and materialism, you choose to be more. We choose to be more.

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All in all, I could go on, but for sake of simplicity, here are 5 reasons why I love you dearly. 

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