Excuse me while I go breathe into a bag.
Seriously, this issue brings bad memories for me. I remember sitting in class, wondering if I'd receive a flower, and agonizing over the thought that I wouldn't.
What if I'm the only one who doesn't receive one?
Everyone will know I'm not loved.
It was a stressful situation, and not just for me. I remember girls purchasing flowers for themselves, hoping to show others that they were lovable. I sigh when I remember those young girls, and think to myself, "If only."
If only I could go back in time and send a message to my younger self, as well as the other teens who were agonizing beside me. I'd write a note on beautiful stationary, delivering it on the same day the flowers were being delivered. It would say something like this:
You don't need a flower to prove you are lovable. You are. You already are. You have a beautiful future ahead of you, one filled with people who will absolutely adore you. There'll be love and laughter...hugs and flowers...and a heart that is full and happy. Don't listen to those negative thoughts swirling in your mind right now. Great things are right around the corner for you. So, enjoy your day, enjoy your friends, and keep chasing those dreams. Your story is just beginning, my friend. Just beginning.
Happy Valentine's Day.