Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, It's Time To Start Loving You For YOU

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, It's Time To Start Loving You For YOU

Treat yourself this V-Day.
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We are now approaching the wonderful, most overrated, yet loved holiday: Valentine’s Day. Now for some people, it is a day where you can count on a dozen roses and a box of chocolates from your significant other. For others, it is the dreaded day of mushy Instagram posts and Facebook love letters. As for me, I fall somewhere in the middle.

There is something about this day that makes people happy and more pleasant to be around, which is definitely something I am not complaining about. However, to me Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a once a year occasion. If you read my “Christmas All-Year Round” article, you probably have a great idea of where I am going with this one… sorry not sorry, guys.

Sure, it is great to receive flowers or some candy once a year and be reminded either by friends, family, or a significant other, how important and loved you are. But why can’t we make an effort to do this every day of the year? Let's face it; the people you're saying "Happy Valentine's Day" to aren't just important to you on that one day. While it may be awesome to feel loved on February 14th, it feels even better to be loved on that one Tuesday that you had a speech, two papers due, tripped up the stairs spilling coffee all over your new sweatshirt, and had to miss the Xavier game (I don't want to talk about it; too soon). But feeling loved shouldn't have to come from others, either; it's on us to make sure that we are getting the love we deserve.

Self-love is one of the most important things that I have learned about here at college. Being away from all of the people who were most important to you and having to do life every day without them is basically the worst thing ever. But, it's the little things that you do every day to #treatyoself. Take an extra long shower, drink some tea, let yourself watch that one episode of Breaking Bad (even if you have loads of work to do). Mental health and loving yourself is one of the most important things to keep up with in college, along with school work obviously. College is a hard adjustment, even second semester, so allow yourself some time to step away from academics and just do something for you.

If that means buying yourself a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day, go ahead and do it, girl. If you're treating yourself to a Fortnite marathon, you do you, people. Whatever it may be, take the time out of your day this V-Day to treat yourself and love you for YOU! Not just February 14th, but everyday. Life is too short; buy the latte, eat the extra fries, paint your nails a new color ... you will thank yourself later.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Why I Make Time To Work Out

Something about working out just always makes me feel good.

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When I first started college, I worked out about three times a week and I felt awesome. When I transferred, I kind of stopped working out in the summer because I had too much to do or because I simply just didn't want too. Looking back on this, I wish I would have told myself to work out even when I didn't feel like it because it just gives me a happy feeling of accomplishment.

The first semester of my sophomore year, I actually signed up for fitness classes at my school gym and attended HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) on Tuesday's and Thursday's. I eventually got to busy with school work, and school is my number one priority. I did not sign up for these classes during the second semester, although I should have. Signing up for those classes made me want to attend and work out. It gives you a little push, which we all need once and then. I now try to balance school and working out. After a workout, I just feel good. You get that sweat session in and bam, it's like you're a whole new person. At least, that's how I feel. Even if I have to force myself to go, I will. I do this because I know how good I will feel afterward and the pay off I will feel for getting to the gym. I have also noticed that when I do workout, my mental health just feels better, I feel happier and joyful, especially when I start making it a routine.

Once you get a routine down, it just becomes like second nature to you. Usually, when I don't go to the gym, I feel out of my normal routine. I hate messing up a routine when I have one. Working out just helps me feel happier, motivated, and just all around better.

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