Valentine’s Day, The Thanksgiving of Love

Valentine’s Day seems to be one of those holidays that brings out an array of emotions in people.

For some it brings back painful memories of lost loves, loneliness, sadness and longing to be loved. For others it brings the joy of a new relationship, the happiness years of commitment bring, or even just perspective that there is power in being single and independent. Lastly, it could bring no emotion at all, shrugging off the holiday altogether as just another day, or perhaps celebrate the day the state of Oregon was admitted into the Union.

I don’t know your thoughts on Valentine’s Day but for me it’s a day to be thankful. I’m thankful for all the people who love me (I’m not just talking about the romantic type of love either) and grateful that I get to love them in return. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the holiday but I say let’s take back Valentine’s Day. Let’s make it a day where everyone is shown they are loved, that they matter. Who’s with me?