I know it's not really cool to be into Valentine's Day when you are single. Singles, especially single women, tend to often express a cynical view of the holiday. It's too commercial. It's so overwhelmingly in-your-face geared towards romantic love. It leaves people out. And that's all true... However, at it's core, for me, it always boils down to a celebration about love and as cynical as I can get about everything else I just can't bring myself to be cynical about love.
I am fortunate. Although I don't have a romantic partner right now I have experienced love, and even great love in the past. I know what it feels like to love someone with all my heart and to know deep down that that love is returned. And, even though I don't have a romantic partner right now I am loved. I have amazing friends who care about me, support me, go out of their way for me, and share their time with me. I have wonderful family members, both those I was born with and those I've chosen along the way who have always been there for me and always will be there for me. I am part of an amazing community that is full of people who pour love and energy into improving the lives of those around them and enriching the community as a whole. I am constantly surrounded by love.
And, even better, I have so many opportunities to share my love with the world! I am so lucky to be a part of the work Coalition for a Better Acre, my AmeriCorps VISTA host site is doing to improve the community. I love figuring out how I can share my passion and talents on projects like the Garden Coordinators Institute and the Merrimack Valley Time Exchange. I love spending time with people I care about. Working in the community. Making art. Having adventures. Staying up, sometimes far too late, talking about the deeper issues that affect our community and our world. I love the connections I've made over the years and the chances I have every day to strengthen those connections. Most of all, I love the people in my life who make it worthwhile.
I guess, what I am saying is: Will you be my Valentine?