As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, I thought It would be fun to give you some little-known-facts about the holiday. Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is associated with the day of love, a time to tell those that we care about- just how much- after all it is the second most greeting card holiday. But did you know it is also the procrastinator’s holiday, over 50% of Valentine’s Day cards are purchased six days before of the holiday.
According to tradition, Valentine’s Day celebrates St. Valentine, a martyr died on February 14th. The emperor of the time (Claudias) believed that if young men weren’t allowed to marry they would fight better in war, so he forbade young soldiers from marrying. However, St. Valentine believed in matrimony, and against the emperors will performed secret marriages; which eventually led for the calling of St. Valentine’s death. The truth behind Valentine’s Day isn’t as romantic as modern society has turned it into.
Lao Tzu once said, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” I happen to think that St. Valentines deeply loved the idea of being in love, deeply loved marriage, and had deep love for his fellow citizens- whom were in love.
I also believe that you- yes YOU, have much in common with St. Valentine. You love deeply, and as La Tzu said, it gives you courage, and being loved gives you strength. Both qualities needed to thrive through this whirlwind military life.
As we close in on Valentine’s Day, show those that you love just how much. But don’t forget that you must also love yourself to be truly healthy, and it is perfectly okay to show your love for yourself too.