Today, we celebrate love. I'm down with that. I may not support holiday-centric commercialism and blind consumerism, but I love love—both the giving and receiving of. I'm into the simple observations and aesthetic of Valentine's day: the colors red and pink, heart-shaped everythings, doilies, glitter, handmade gifts, sweet gestures, and all things cute. I rock a made-by-me red, white, and pink glittered-heart garland (on my mantle, not my person) with the best of them. And, I believe there are more forms of love to celebrate than the "romantic". To name but a few: love for my cats, different cultures, nature, and myself. Being alone helps me focus on why I appreciate all that I'm fond of, deepening my admiration for the other whos and whats I love. I agree wholeheartedly with Tanya Davis' message in this lovely video. Be your own valentine and treat yourself to a look-see:
My favorite lines: " . . . but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it . . . Cuz if you're happy in your head then solitude is blessed and alone is okay."
Isn't that the best sentiment? Will you treat yourself to some alone time this week? What will you do on your date with you?
p.s. The valentine I made for Henri Matisse was mentioned honorably on SFMOMA's blog today! When I finished gluing the final piece, I was so glad I pressed on despite my original fears. I love making myself happy. :)