“Someday someone might come into your life and love you the way you’ve always wanted. If your someday was yesterday, learn. If your someday is tomorrow, hope. If your someday is today, cherish.”
Love can inspire you beyond your wildest dreams, and it can devastate you beyond the deepest chasms of your worst nightmares. Love can wrap you up like a warm blanket and keep you safe, and it can annihilate you from the inside out, like the ebola virus.
Not many things in life can profoundly and forever change you, to the core of your being, like love and/or the loss of love.
Love, like nature, is a force to be reckoned with and respected. Not doing so will surely be at your own peril, so proceed as you feel best doing so.
Whether you’re in the mood for celebrating love this Valentine’s Day, or on a VD strike—I like to call it VD when I’m feeling anti-love, makes the whole thing sound even less appealing—these movie lines about love will make you laugh and make you cry. A little bit of something for everyone!
So, if you’re in love on this Valentine’s Day, hold your loved one closely and let them know all the reasons you love them and appreciate them. Let them know how you feel from the depths of your heart and soul and make sure you live every day being the best partner you can possibly be to support your love, growth and life together on this journey.
When love is a true partnership and there is respect and trust, it can be the most beautiful thing in the world. Embrace it. Appreciate it. Nurture it. And enjoy every second of it, on Valentine’s Day and every day!
Or, if you’re feeling less romantically inclined on this VD, let go of what could have been and look forward to what will be. Get rid of the tangible memories, let go of any negative feelings and love yourself by gifting yourself with sweet freedom. Be with what is and do what makes you happy and fulfilled.
Being in a relationship with someone else is sometimes a good way to hide from your own shit. But learning about your self, embracing all of it and growing as a person can be more fulfilling than being in a relationship just to avoid being alone.
Love yourself. Embrace your journey. And lean into the uncertainty instead of fighting against it. This is all part of your path so take advantage of the opportunity to focus on you and love you.
Jennifer Spesia is a yoga teacher, world traveler, psychotherapist, philosopher, seeker, practitioner of Eastern spiritual traditions, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa), human companion to three amazing dogs and eternal student. She will complete her PhD in Psychology in 2013 and is looking forward to having the time to read books for pleasure again soon. You can connect with Jennifer via her Bhadra Yoga Facebook page or her blog.
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Ed: Brianna Bemel