Valentine’s Day – though unbelievably commercial – can be nice. Hearts and flowers and candy. What’s not to like? That’s all well and good if you’re getting hearts and flowers and candy. But what if you’re not? Positive aging means more than just being positive about other people!
We’re often so busy – even in retirement – taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Here’s a solution to that problem.
Be your own valentine!
I’m not suggesting that we ignore the people we love. By all means, send those valentines on their way. I’m just saying to take some time to celebrate yourself. Give yourself some of that love you’re so busy spreading around.
In fact, why not give yourself an entire day to do just what you want? Anticipation is part of the joy, so spend some time planning your perfect day.
What would my personal Valentine’s Day look like? Rise early to drink coffee and read the newspaper. Then take a long walk or a lovely bike ride and really see the beautiful views in the community where we live.
Play two sets of tennis with my friends followed by lunch at our little pub. Enjoy a glass of wine at lunch because I can take the golf cart home!
Once home, I could read my book and nap for an hour or so in that drowsy, delicious way. To cap off a perfect day, my husband and I would barbecue in our own backyard and share the meal with good friends.
There’s nothing in this Valentine’s Day that really costs much money. Yet, it’s pure indulgence – doing things I love to do.
Your day wouldn’t look like this. You’d do the things you love to do. Shopping? Crafting? Playing golf? Going out to dinner? The sky’s the limit. It’s your day. Celebrate yourself by giving yourself the gift of unfettered pleasure and time.
We might even want to do it more than once a year. How about every Wednesday?
Share your perfect day with us! Oh, and buy yourself some chocolates!