Sad truth: I’m the resident emotionless, unromantic robot-like being within my group of friends. I don’t give into the mushy holidays (however, if you really wanted to send me flowers – I wouldn’t give them away), I rarely cry at movies, and I’m not entirely convinced that a kiss has the ability wake up a sleeping princess.
That’s why this month, instead of wallowing in silly single life self-pity or punching all of the cute stuffed animals around me…
I’ve decided to do something both positive and constructive. I’m going to show my loved ones how much I truly appreciate them and all that they do for me.
It’s far too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day whirlwind and forget to say, “I love you” or “Thanks” to the amazing people in our lives. Often the people who love us most are the ones who aren’t blood related (aka forced to love us), but they do anyway.
Let’s be serious; these are the people we need to appreciate most. You know those moments where you think to yourself, “I’m really glad grandma can’t turn on her computer.” Because if grandma can’t turn on a computer, then she definitely can’t have a Facebook profile. Your dear grandma probably still thinks that you’re the cute little girl who wears footie pajamas and has permanent crumbs stuck to her face (Wait… wearing a snuggie and chowing down on a box of oreos isn’t the same thing… right?) On the other hand, your friends most likely DO have Facebook. They can see that picture your best friend posted of you first thing in the morning… and they still associate with you in public!
After a hard day of work, these are the friends who will show up at your doorstep with Ben & Jerrys and your favorite movie. These are the friends who offer a shoulder to cry on, who will laugh until it hurts with you, and who you can call up at any time of the night.
Never take these people for granted, and strive to be that friend in return. If you don’t have the original words to say it, run to Target and pick up a thank you card. Hallmark is great for saying the things that are sometimes hard to verbalize yourself. Somehow, just show them you appreciate everything that they do for you.
Now that friendship is taken care of, take a few minutes to tell your family how much you love them. They were there when you first had your heart broken, when you were deciding which college to attend, and when you thought pastel blue eye shadow looked best when applied from your eyelashes up to your eyebrow. Perhaps more importantly, they’re the ones who will love you no matter what you do, who will support you, and who will give you the world’s biggest bear hug when you need it most. The special connection you share with your family is hard to compare to anything else.
A phone call, a letter, an email, a high-five or a smoke signal can mean the world to someone. Just reach out to say, “Thanks for being great… I love you.”
February has a reputation of being all about chocolates, roses and carriage rides, but we also have to remember that the reason for all of this is LOVE. It doesn’t matter who you love. Whether it’s a significant other/ your friends/ your family/ your cat/whomever, just take a few moments to reach out and show it.
Appreciate the ones who love you enough to be there when you’re at your best, when you’re at your worst, and even when you’re wearing a Snuggie.
This post was written by Kate Fodera. Contact Kate at Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org
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