Valentine's Day has always been a favorite holiday for many people. It's a joy to receive gifts, flowers, and chocolates from loved ones. I for one enjoy getting dressed up for a romantic dinner in the evening and going out for a delicious meal. One year, however, I didn't get to have any of those things, and boy was I upset about it.
I used to see getting gifts for Valentine's Day as validation when I was younger. Having the opportunity to boast to my friends about how caring of a guy I had and how much he spent on me was all I could think about back then in order to prove how much someone loved me.
For me, a year in which I did not celebrate Valentine's Day was incredibly triggering. It is certainly not a good idea to log onto social media if your self-esteem is low and if you want to avoid comparing yourself to others. When I was younger, Facebook was my favorite place to be. Seeing everyone posting pictures of their gifts and shouting out their friends and better halves made me cringe about my own situation. The feeling of being left out began to sink in and I remember feeling so down.
Fast forward to today, and I have definitely realized that love is not about material things. Additionally, love is not confined to a single day.
Nowadays, where nearly everyone has an online platform to share their experiences and opinions, self-care and self-love have become buzzwords. Even though this sounds cliché and we've probably all heard it thousands of times, it's still true. If you're feeling alone this Valentine's Day or doubting that anyone loves you, remember that only you can truly know your value and how important you are.
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