This Valentine’s Day was, honestly, a tad bit stressful. My car wouldn’t start for about a half hour, leaving me stranded in the Trader Joe’s parking lot. I spent the next three hours waiting for my battery to be replaced, only to have the new one be a dud. After my (gracious) mother picked me up from the shop, I immediately went home to get ready for work. A couple of special flower arrangements were delivered and I was able to nibble on some sweet macarons from Ginger Elizabeth before heading out.
I didn’t quite spend this Valentine’s Day like I had planned. I wanted to treat myself to some dessert downtown, maybe do a face mask after work. But life is always throwing curve balls. And that’s okay. Today held a lot of reflection for me in my personal life. I love love. If you know me, you know that am I am, desparately, a hopeless romantic. So today, being single, was hard. Don’t get me wrong, being single has its many benefits and learning + growing into my own is so rewarding. But on a day where relationships are (rightfully) glorified, it gave me some time to reflect on where I am right now.
I can’t wait for my forever valentine. I can’t wait until the day where I commit to the love of my life. But until that happens, I have to remember that, while my forever valentine is out there, I am also my own forever valentine. I can shower myself with love, treat myself with respect and adoration. This part of my life could very much be the last time I’ll be single (you never know!). I need to be content in this age. I’m young with (relatively) no major responsibilities; this is a period where I can be deepening friendships, discovering more about myself, learning about the world around me. So yeah, I can’t wait to meet my forever, but singleness is an amazing gift and I need to cherish it.