Learning to Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

By: Alexa Torres

Through my years of life, I’ve found myself dreading February 14th, mostly because I was always single during this time and it was the time that everyone got something so meaningful from someone who cared about them. I guess I was jealous and sad and angry and bitter that I didn’t have someone who cared enough about me to buy over-priced chocolates and a human sized teddy bear and flowers and a necklace with matching earrings. This Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to take a new approach to how I see it, and maybe you might want to try it too.

I’ve decided that one day someone is going to spend tons of Valentine’s Days with me, that I won’t even remember what it was like to be so miserable and dread one of the three hundred and sixty five days we have a year. Valentine’s Day is not a time to grieve or to be sad, but a time to love yourself until someone else can love you too. Find love in other places, like the sun when it shines through your window, or with your best friend who’s also trying not to loathe this day. Which seems silly because it’s hard not to loathe Valentine’s Day when there are girls that just got dozens of flowers and boys who just got the coolest shirt ever, but one day someone will give you everything you wanted too.

Right now we’re in the best years of our lives, and we shouldn’t be waiting around for someone to give us flowers that are going to die in a few weeks, buy them for yourself! You’re stuck with yourself your whole life, you might as well start treating yourself like the Queen or King you are. Eventually someone is going to love you for you, and if that’s not something to celebrate, I don’t know what is. Don’t look at Valentine’s Day as a day for you to be alone, look at it as a time for you to love yourself. Buy yourself chocolates on February 15th, or watch a movie with your best friends and eat all the Ben & Jerrys ice cream, that’s okay. Just don’t hate a day that’s going to come around every year for the rest of your life.

You are the greatest YOU there is, and somewhere along someone is going to think so too. Don’t get too down this Valentine’s Day, instead make it a good time!

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