Valentine’s Day is always such a trick, right?
For lovers, it’s a good excuse to spend some time turning the words into action.
For those without, it’s a bittersweet reminder that love matters to all of us. It’s got its sharp edges, it has its mystique, and despite our best efforts, it’s not something we can ignore.
Couple make plans. Singles make anti-plans.
Then it falls on a Monday and everyone is kind of annoyed, unless they own a cute restaurant.
For me, Valentine’s Day is celebration of our women.
If nothing else, it seems that today is a day for making women feel special. It’s a chivalrous holiday…which ends up being a good thing because a lot of the guys I know need a kick in the ass when it comes to being sappy and romantic, and let’s face it; there’s nothing more endearing than a guy while he’s being sappy and romantic.
This holiday should always be about the woman in your life. If you have a woman. For the last few years I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day, though, so it’s become a day about the women in my life.
My mother is always first. She’s the source of my emotional fire, and every bit of empathy I experience is her doing…I was never going to be someone who didn’t feel. To say she’s an incredible woman would be to massively understate her role in shaping my family into what it is, and in shaping my perception of what it means to be a human being.
Then, there’s my sisters. They are, without question, two of the most impressive, exciting, and genuine women I’ve ever met.
It’s weird to be a big brother, because you play this brother role for years and years and years and then all of sudden you’re introduced to this Real Person that you’re related to.
You’re introduced to two gorgeous Irish firestarters who are cutting the world up into their own collage, in ways that make so much sense to you that you just can’t help but smile. Two young women carrying around a lot of what makes you you, but all the pieces are weighted differently, and these women seem to totally rock in all the ways you would love to rock but don’t.
They literally become your favorite people on the planet.
Today I wish a wonderful Valentine’s Day to my mother and sisters.
And I wish the same smiles and warmth to all of the women that I am fortunate enough to call my friends.
I grew up with you. I write next to you online. I work with you, collaborate with you, and I watch you follow the paths you’ve chosen.
I…cheer for you.
I learned to love with you. Cried and laughed with you…
You’ve framed the world for me, and your strength and commitment to self has always informed my perception of my moments, decisions, and my challenges.
My optimism for the world, society, and our planet is deeply rooted in the women I know. This world is becoming a better world because of you women…it’s because of your nurture that we’ll survive forever.
It’s not easy to be a women, and I very much hope you women don’t ever doubt that we’re all fortunate that you wake up every day and find your vigor.
Smile today, women.
We treasure you…for all that you are.
Happy Valentine’s Day.