Yes, its that time of year again - a day where your love is professed via expensive cards, chocolates, roses and other assorted tokens of affection. Now, I could go into the whole how Valentines Day came to be (google it) or how its just another way of companies to make more money on those who are in relationships, and how it ostracizes those who aren’t. But I won’t because of this little gem:
Saw this on FB and it made me laugh out loud - partly because it is rather cynical and true and partly because love shouldn’t be complicated now should it? Love should be just that - a simple emotion that truly expresses how we feel about one another (unless you are a hater then that’s a different blog altogether). Love is the purest thing the universe/God/your spiritual diety of choice has ever given us. Yet somehow it gets all mucked up with fear, doubt, insecurities etc. And Love isn’t supposed to be just celebrated on one day - I mean ONLY one whole day of Love??? Doesn’t that seem rather silly, for one of the all time best emotions ever? Jeebus, I mean even Pride gets a whole month!!! But I digress…
Instead of focusing all your love on one day - spread it out over all 365 days of the year. And I’m not just saying this for the couples out there (blessed your love filled hearts) - this is for everyone. Don’t you think the world would be a better place if we shared our Love with each other? Love of family, friends, pets (which I think falls under family) - Love doesn’t have to be only romantic in nature - any act of kindness is an act of Love. So hold the door open for that random stranger, say please and thanks, smile at that cashier who looks like they hate the world and tell them they are appreciated. Yes, this may sound silly, but its the small things that make up the big word Love.
Share your Love - I’m sharing mine with you right now - you are appreciated, you are beautiful and I am thankful for you everyday.
Dec 21, 2012 - the Mayans predicted that on this day the world would see a profound change - new enlightenment….others said this would be the end of the world as we know it (queue dramatic music BAH BAH BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH)….so it’s almost the end of Dec 21 (now Dec 22 for those down under who survived) and it has been like previous Dec 21st’s, with nary a bit of drama (outside of the OMFGitsfourdaystillXmas drama)…kinda like what happened with y2k - all hype no substance (just like Rob Ford - yeah I said it)…so while we were preparing and making jokes on facebook about the end of days, it did provide a small distraction from it being Christmas time with its rampant consumerism, dysfunctional family functions and random depression.
Speaking of Christmas, as I write this, I’ve just finished the 1st of 5 11 hr days (spread out over the next 7 but still that’s a shitload of hours). And while I am happy that the shift is over, what overwhelms me is that this time of year is mostly about greed. I’m not ignorant to greed - it’s rampant everyday but before Christmas it ramps up to a mad frenzy like a rabid squirrel on cocaine (if you’ve never seen a rabid squirrel on cocaine, it’s is pretty fucking nuts, i’m just saying). And yes I know working this crazy hours can appear to be greedy (but I need the money to make up for my leave of absence I was on a few weeks ago, so not greed, this is necessity). I mean I had a call where a client got on the phone and proceeded to chew me out because we (my work) would not allow them to add two new lines to their existing acct because of their over 2 months past due, $200+ bill. They said “It’s Christmas and my kids NEED PHONES”.
Um….need?!?!?! Lemme check and see what we actually need - why, hello there Maslow :)
*Points* THOSE are NEEDS. I don’t see any descriptions of material objects. Now I can hear you say, “But Cat, you say how you can’t live without your car, PS3, iPhone, computer, netflix etc.” Yes, I have said this but my material possessions but I know that I can survive without them (painful as that is to admit).
In this last year, globally and personally, there have been a fair amount of highs and lows: highs like Obama winning the election; more US states approving gay marriage (try and catch up, eh USA?); my best friend getting her home business together (so proud I am); another best friend taking so many trips this summer it would make your head spin (again, so proud) and lows like me losing my best furry friend Loki; the most recent school yard shooting; the sudden death of a friend; a lost love. We have all suffered and triumphed in 2012. And in these times, we can see how we as humans gain knowledge, strength, perseverance, love, even at our lowest points. What I’m rambling on about is this: at this time of year, whether you celebrate the solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Festivus, whathaveyou, take a moment to stop and be thankful - thankful for your friends, your family, your job, your schoolwork, your home, your life. Just because this apocalypse was a dud, doesn’t mean the next one won’t be (and yes it may very well be the zombie apocalypse I have been warning you all about).
Be thankful…be happy…
Blessings and love to you all during this holiday season and always xo
Sex is not the answer..