Valentine's Day is tomorrow and we know some of ya'll love it and others despise it.
We can't control the big ole' holidays created in the world but we can control what we say, do and think. For us, we are using Valentine's Day as a reminder to love life in general. We are all about creating new traditions and taking advantage of holidays to remind us of how lucky we are to be alive right now.
For Valentine's day in particular, there can be a lot of materialized loving with couples, people believing they need to buy things to show someone they love them and then lots of sadness and self-pity for anyone single not receiving a box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers.
Although everyone is entitled to feel and do what they want, we want to encourage you to think creatively this Valentine's day.
We want to inspire you to think about what LOVE means to you, regardless if you're single or in a relationship.
According to dictionary.com Love means the following:
1a(1): strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties maternal love for a child
(2): attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by lovers After all these years, they are still very much in love.
(3): affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests love for his old schoolmates
b: an assurance of affection give her my love
2: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion love of the sea
3a: the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration baseball was his first love
To us, love, is so much more than just butterflies, sex and devotion.
Love is kindness, joy, vulnerability, respect, communication, trust, listening, holding space, being yourself and acceptance for YOU first, and others second.
Love is putting on your oxygen mask first and then taking care of others second.
It's taken both of us a long time to truly know what love means but we are grateful for the challenges we experienced in the past to understand that love is so much more than what Valentine's day makes it out to be.
Love is beautiful but the true love that we all dream about and see in the movies that we think could be fake takes work, takes consistency and understanding that love isn't just about chocolate. It's about our selves as individuals first and significant others second.
Valentine's Day reminds us of the work we have already put in. It reminds us to appreciate who we have become and how we compliment each other. It reminds us that true love is so much more than suffering, controlling, fighting and crying which some relationships have.
Love is about growth, building, climbing and becoming the best versions of yourselves.
This Valentines Day we are grateful that we have surrendered to true love. True love for who we are and true love for each other.
Peace, love and carrots,
Cierra and Mike