Valentine’s Day

Well, another Valentine’s Day has rolled around. I imagine that some of you would expect one of two things from me: a cynical, snide remark (like -‘Oh, Valentines day, A.K.A. Thursday’), or something full of sad and lonely feels. (No quote to go with this one; ’cause I’m not going there).

Instead, I offer this thought.

Today, many people will ‘celebrate their love’, which is always a good thing. Some will do it simply by dedicating time to spend with their Significant Other, while people who can will slather gifts of chocolate, cards, flowers, and jewelry upon each other, in an effort to show through objects just how much they care. And while we should be celebrating the love between us each and every day, life gets busy, and difficult, so it’s not a bad thing to have a reminder to make us take stock, slow down, and say ‘I Love You’ with more emotion than the passing comment one makes on the way to work each day. It’s also important to remember that flowers and gifts of chocolate today do not make up for being an asshole tomorrow, so slow down, and really take the time to love one another.

Also, if – like me – you are one of the millions of singles today, don’t despair. Try taking some of that love you so deeply want to give to someone, and realize that you too deserve the same. No need to be hateful, hurt, or cynical about Valentine’s Day; stop for a minute or ten, and realize that you can, and should, love yourself as well as others. Take today to do something you never do; celebrate yourself, and the love you give to so many others. Loneliness is a terrible feeling – but you don’t have to be alone, even if you are not in love. Make the best of what you have, plan and hope for better, and lift your head toward the sun, instead of the ground.

Who knows, you may just trip and fall right onto the love of your life. You have nothing to lose, and the world to gain.

Happy Valentine’s Day, to one and all.

About Derek

Derek Dykes was born on his Grandmothers' birthday in January 1973. The son of a local businessman and an artist, Derek and his brother Charles both grew up in an environment where creativity was encouraged. While earning healthy grades and participating in activities was important to Derek, they always took second place to what really mattered to him - his friends and family. Derek found himself thrust into adulthood when his father died. Taking care of his responsibilities meant that his college education was put on hold. While he was unable to afford classes, he privately continued his studies in art, literature, archeology, Celtic history, and a cornucopia of other subjects that interested him. Derek moved home to Mobile, Alabama in early 2008 after living away for almost a decade. His journey home was a catalyst for the foundation of his first novel, MADNESS. In addition to writing, Derek enjoys photography, parenting and using any medium available to bring the creations of his mind to life. More of Derek's work can be found by visiting
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