I saw that one of the other article briefs this week was ‘Write a love letter to someone’ and so many names popped into my head of who I could do this for. So, I realised I need to just do them instead of keeping it all in. We need to learn to express love more freely, openly, and frequently. There was something I saw on Instagram which said we should not be saving these things to say about people until their funeral, and it is so true.
There are so many ways to show love, and different people will express it in different ways. My friend introduced me to compliment showers and now I am a big advocate; you go around the room all giving a compliment to one chosen person. It feels uncomfortable at first, making yourself vulnerable and being so upfront with how you feel, but it is such a good way of expressing your love for people. I have cried at many a compliment shower.
My way of expressing love used to be being the best friend possible, remembering every birthday, dropping everything to help someone, and therefore sacrificing myself in the process. I now realise you have to show love to yourself too, through setting boundaries and putting yourself first.
I think Valentine’s Day should just be a reminder of how much love there is in the world, and that we need to embrace it every day of the year.