Hey up pals.
It’s Saturday night. I’ve just eaten a Slimming World fakeaway fake KFC meal and it was pretty good. I won’t lie – really bloody faffy to get rid of the all the skin off the chicken but it was a winner and a nice treat. Now, I’m sat under a blanket watching Beauty & The Beast.
Beauty & The Beast is one of my favourite Disney films. It’s not on par with the Lion King in my eyes but Belle is my favourite Disney princess. And I have a soft spot for Gaston too. Whilst watching it and thinking about the live version coming out next month, I got thinking about love.
Love is funny old thing isn’t it? I also think it’s something that isn’t celebrate that often. In a world as uncertain and as dark as it is at the moment, I think we need to celebrate it as much as we can. Especially with Valentines Day around the corner.
I’ve never been a person who’s huge on Valentines Day. I’ve always been one of those people who see it as an additional cost. When The Geek and I first got together, we’d usually celebrate by going out for dinner the day before or day after Valentines. I guess that was our little way of celebrating it yet saying go do one to the extortionate prices for Valentines day in Lincoln.
Our first year together I bought him gifts that he would use in our future. No you’re super cute and best girlfriend ever. One was a work mug that he’s taken to every single office job he’s ever had. It’s a pretty beautiful mug and, being honest, it’s one I forgot about until he bought it home when finishing his notice period last week.
There was also the year when we first started living together and we spent Valentines Day in IKEA. I bought The Geek a desk so we could set up his PC so we wouldn’t need to keep sharing the TV. Probably the best £60 I ever spent.
I’ve learnt in my time in relationships that it’s not about the grand gestures. Although, they can bring out the heart eye emoji when they happen. Relationships aren’t made up of grand gestures. They are built upon the little things and the everyday things. Like spending hungover Sunday’s on the sofa bed, adventures across the UK, collecting fridge magnets from our travels and creating memories together.
Love should be celebrate at all times, no matter how you show it. And it doesn’t need to be centered around love of a partner. There’s never not an excuse to shout our about how much you love the people in your life. Because I love a lot of people. I love my parents, I love my brother, I love my dog, I love my family and my friends.
I never say it enough to the people who I care about. But, I do love them. I love the friends and family who have celebrated my highs and lows. The friends who have stuck by me and inspire me to be the best version of myself. The family who have supported me through every single decision I make. The laughs. The bad times.
Love can show itself in many different forms, but to me, I feel love is like having your own personal cheerleaders around. People who support you at every single thing. But also the people who will challenge you and shape you. The people who’ll stick by you when you make stupid decisions and the people who grow with you. They are the people I love and want in my life.
So, choose to celebrate Valentines this year. Whether it’s a fancy restaurant with red wine, a hungover McDonald’s cheeseburger or popping a Valentines Day card in the post for your best friend. Celebrate the fact that love is the greatest emotion and feeling of them all.