February: Galentine’s Day
For the past 4 years at school I have celebrated Valentine’s Day a little differently. Instead of spending the day thinking about any future partners I may have, I, along with the rest of my school celebrated ‘Galentine’s Day’. This essentially is the same as Valentine’s day except we recognise the amazing girlfriends in our lives instead of a partner (or as well as, in the case of some). Things like notes left in lockers in the morning (which is still unknown to me how they get there each year!), ribbons handed out, glitter and pink have been seen over the last four years of Galentine’s days.
February is sold to us as a month of romance and the desire to find the ‘ONE’ person who you’ll spend the rest of your life with. Everywhere you look, there’s big red love hearts, chocolates (which aren’t too bad, I suppose!), flowers and teddy bears. It feels like a fantasy a little bit, as well as a bit pointless at our stage of life! Looking at the day (the whole month, even!) with a view of the present, it’s so much more realistic and enjoyable.
To us, Galentine’s day means celebrating those who are there for you from day to day. It means making sure that the girlfriends we have know how much they mean to us and how much of an impact they make in our lives. The day shouldn’t be spent focused on whether or not you’ve found “the one person who is going to play a role in your future”, but surrounding ourselves with the ones who make the present so much fun.
Let’s make 2019 Valentine’s day about celebrating the wonderful friends we have around us day-in, day-out. It’s ok to still celebrate with roses, chocolates and teddy bears but look at them as a way to show your appreciation for the wonderful friends that make living in the present the absolute best it can be.
Spend the day acknowledging the marvellous friends we each have and don’t worry about whether or not you will find the “right” person for you. There’s always the future for that.