I’ve been meaning to write a Valentine’s Day post for a few days now. My initial idea was on his and her gift ideas or something of the sort. For the life of me however, I just wasn’t feeling it. My gut feeling has been to completely avoid writing about the commercialism of the holiday (is V-day considered a holiday?). Don’t get me wrong, I love gifts and like most consumers I get excited knowing that the other half will more than likely get me something for the occasion but for some reason and probably for the first time, I really do not care for any gifts and over consumption that is attached to the 14th of February.
It’s a day for love yes but love should be celebrated everyday. A love for others as well as for self. A love and sense of gratitude for the things and people we have in our lives. Valentine’s Day is a mere 24 hours and these things/people cannot be contained in just one day.
Instead this year I’ve decided to examine my life and the many blessings that’s God has bestowed upon me. My cup overfloweth but I wanted to highlight the top 3 loves of my life right now:
1. Family – this year we welcomed the newest addition to our family in the form of a son and our family now feels complete. I have two beautiful children, a little girl who is 15 months going on to 15 years with attitude and sass that I find both endearing and scary. My son is almost 3 weeks old and we’re all just trying to adjust to life with a newborn again which includes sleepless nights but I love my family so what if I’m so exhausted I could cry (and actually do sometimes).
2. Friends – I don’t have hundreds of friends and I’m such a homebody that sometimes I literally have to force myself to socialise and even to pick up the phone and check on my friends (I need to do better) but the few friends that I have I really love and hold dear. We don’t see eachother everyday but when we come together it’s always a good time. Some I’ve known for years and they’ve become family which is truly a blessing.
3. Health – I developed gestational diabetes for the second time in this pregnancy having had it with my daughter and it just dawned on me how sometimes we take our good health to granted. During my pregnancy I had to change my diet and also take insulin and I used to complain about it all the time but at least my condition was on during pregnancy and is now gone. There are people out there with type 1&2 diabetes whose everyday reality is taking insulin and having a controlled diet. It really puts things into perspective that Health really is wealth.
To everyone, in a relationship, situationship or single – I wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day. Let the day be whatever you want it to be!