Today is Valentine’s Day aka Single Awareness Day, and I have to say that it is definitely the worst holiday for singles, with Christmas and New Year rounding up the big three.
A character in the movie Love Actually says: “Christmas is a time for people with someone they love in their lives.” Well, Valentine’s Day is even more so.
To be honest, there were some Valentine’s days when I felt sad and lonely and bitter about the holiday, but today is not one of those days.
If you’re single and having one of those, then this post is for you.
Last week, my colleague Erik handed me this heart-shaped box of chocolates along with a card and some maple syrup cookies. He had just come from a business trip in Toronto and these were Valentine’s day presents for me and Jemma from Dred and Tyne.
It was a sweet gesture that reminded me that even though I may be single on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean that I am not loved.
So I am grateful to everyone who has ever gone the extra mile to make me feel loved on Valentine’s Day, especially those who were happily in relationships but gave me gifts to make me feel included.
Like Nantoy, who gave each one of his flatmates a red rose for Valentine’s 2016.
And Cate, who have me this everlasting crocheted flower in 2012.
And Gelle, who has given me a rose on more than one Valentine’s Day.
And the Ceemea boys, who gave me a whole bouquet back in 2007.
Love comes in all shapes and forms, and single people often get so focused on not having romantic love that we forget to be grateful for the other types that we usually take for granted.
One of Jollibee’s Valentine ads has the same message (oops, spoiler alert), which you can watch here. It has English subtitles, so even non Filipinos can appreciate it.
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and I hope that you spend the day feeling loved!
P.S. We helped my teammate make paper towel roses for his wife. They turned out better than expected. 😁