"Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished." (From Wickipedia.)
For the first time in many years, I am not living with a spouse, or in love, or feeling the need to be in a relationship.
Those of you who are celebrating Valentine's Day with a person you love, I wish you a very special day. I'm celebrating self-love today, with a walk in Central Park, time with friends, and maybe an evening out listening to Fred Hirsch, a fantastic jazz pianist who lives in our building. Whatever I do, I will do it in honor of my journey, this amazing year of change and possibility. Valentine's Day should be about love for everyone - for family, friends, for all the people in our lives and all the people in the world. I mean, you can't buy everyone chocolate, but you can show you love them.