Blogger: Janis Gaudelli – “Champion of Truths, Unicorns & AWE-tism”
I am one of a good 124 million single people in America. I know I’m supposed to hate Valentine’s Day, because of that “status”, but I don’t. In fact, I actually love it — cheesiness and all. In my opinion, any day where we can shine the spotlight on love is a day worth celebrating.
I believe my love for Valentine’s day stems from how it was presented to me as a little girl. My mom and dad made the day really special. They celebrated love as a verb – spreading, showing, receiving and providing it, to my siblings and I. I remember years of waking up the morning of and walking into a kitchen that overflowed with heart decorations, fun presents sitting on the table and a festive breakfast just waiting to be devoured. Reflecting on those memories sparks so much joy for me.
I believe that is why, as a single woman, I don’t hate/avoid or consider Valentine’s Day the devil’s holiday. To me, it’s not about stereotypical depictions of love, because love looks different for everyone. I believe Valentine’s Day is undergoing something of a transformation, from a strictly romantic holiday to a celebration of all kinds of love–platonic, romantic, self-love, or otherwise. I, personally choose to celebrate Valentine’s day in all its commercial cheesiness because I place great value on LOVE, both giving and receiving. I trust love, and I am grateful for all that I have of it in my life. I don’t wait for Valentine’s day to feel and share the love, it’s just a bit more amplified because love is the honoree in this day-long celebration.
I would like to call on all my singletons for a moment: it’s 2019, it’s time to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and hating this day. We know by now, that healthy, fulfilling love isn’t an exclusive club for those in monogamous, committed, typical relationships. We should celebrate and vocalize to those we love on the daily. But to have one day where we have the opportunity to paint it red and hand-deliver some sugary adoration – let’s take full advantage of that.
Here’s to reshaping the meaning of this day and broadening our lens on love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Janis Gaudelli is The Founder of The Daily Feels. She started this passion project to reveal the magic behind storytelling, and how truth-based narratives bring people together in the most heart-warming of ways. Fascinated by soul, depth, intellect, raw truths and rebellion with a cause. Often captivated by the awe of nature: star gazing, moon manifesting, sunset chasing, waves crashing, crickets singing. Fiercely curious about the inner-workings of the human psyche… she professionally studies human behavior for a living. Forever proud and grateful for being a mom to the force that fuels her life: her 7-year-old son, and greatest professor, Kellan.