With all the hype about Valentine’s Day, many women are listing why they don’t care about it, they hate it, or they could do without it.
Is it a defense mechanism?
Maybe. It’s one of those ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ type things. I know my husband won’t do anything nearly as romantic as Suzy Q’s husband, so I’ll just tell myself that I don’t need it/want it/care about it.
I know some of you out there really, truly don’t care. Massive kudos to you!
Others, well… others just want to feel a little special. A little appreciated. Just a bit.
That’s why stumbling upon Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Galentine’s Day event on G+ has me SO excited. (Yeah, yeah… Jessica, they did that on Parks and Rec, like, forever ago! Well, I don’t watch Parks and Rec, sassy pants.)
Because, we DON’T need to rely on the lovers in our lives to make us feel special. We have whole communities of people who love each other just because they’re people, and worth loving.
People just like you.
YOU, who works 60 hours a week.
YOU, who works part time while going to school.
YOU, who is laid off and taking time to rediscover your hobbies.
YOU, who stays home with your kids.
YOU, who serves in our nation’s military.
YOU, who jetsets and explores this huge, amazing world we live in.
You. Yes, you.
I want YOU to be my Galentine. I want to celebrate the awesomeness that is you. Not because I want to get laid, or because I’m socially obligated to make you feel special.
But because you deserve it, Galentine. For being awesomely, perfectly, unapologetically you.
Call me sometime, and we’ll go do Gal-Pal stuff. I’ll listen to you rant about the new guy at work, I’ll spare you the details of the latest poop catastrophe my 2 year old created, and we’ll laugh over mimosas and pedicures.