I have had many Valentines. Well not many, but in my opinion I have had one every year of my 21 years. Ever since I was little my mom has made sure I had something for Valentine’s Day and made me feel very special. She showed me love and for that I am grateful. Then I had friends that sent cards and flowers throughout my school years and I sent the same back. They showed me that I am loved and appreciated in their lives and we have a lot of fun celebrating this day. I have had the boy valentine 3 times in my life and I can honestly say that these were actually the least memorable of them all. But the most memorable Valentine’s Day occurred 4 years ago.
One February 14, 2009 I reached my recovery goal weight. On February 14, 2009 I celebrated Valentine’s Day with the best type of love. Self Love.
Valentine’s Day will always hold a special day in my heart and in my life. No matter what my relationship status, I always have something to celebrate. I celebrate the love I hold for myself and my on-going recovery. On this day each year I remember that feeling of life I felt when my mom looked at me and told me I was there. And I remember the feeling of determination to keep going. I wanted this feeling to last. I saw everything I had gained beyond the weight. Finally I could look into the mirror and smile.
In that mirror stands a girl who is healthy. In that mirror stands a girl who is worthy of love. Love that first and foremost comes from within and should be celebrated every day.
I encourage each of you to celebrate this day whether you are “in a relationship” or “single” Make this day about showing your love to yourself and to everyone around you. Be your own valentine and be a valentine to the world around you because love should be shared.