Thursday, 13 February 2014

Happy Valentines Day

R has a thing or two to say on Valentines Day and all its critics. 

It's tantalisingly close to Valentines day and with E's pins of the week to look forward to you should be very excited! However, just before we reach the big day I would like to take a moment to encourage you all to reconsider your Valentines approach. 

Whether you're a loved up couple, a recently broken up singleton, a happy to be alone bachelor or a married couple (possibly with a dwindling flame) I believe there is something of value to be found in Valentines day. After all, it's a day set aside to celebrate love - if you have a problem with that then I most definitely have a problem with you. 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King

Love in whatever form is the only thing we should be pursuing, what we should be protecting, encouraging and striving towards. I am increasingly of the opinion that life is too short to spend investing in any other emotion. That's why this year I am fully embracing the true heart of Valentines, I will be spending it with someone I love and who I am honoured to be loved by - that is not something to be taken lightly, and certianly not to be taken for granted.  

So instead of making a mockery of it, killing it with cliches or stubbornly ignoring it why not shift your gaze to the real value of appreciating love this year? Whether it's a lover, friend or sibling why not spend February 14th celebrating love and all of the wonderful things it can do? 

Happy Valentines Day - spend it wisely.

R x

Photography by Emily Coles

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