This Valentines Day, why not do something good for yourself – instead of swallowing the marketing bullshit whole?
There’s an adage that says you can’t love someone else until you love yourself.
But this adage says nothing about being obsessed or dependent or hopelessly devoted to someone else before you love yourself, does it?
And look around – there are so many dysfunctional relationships in this world aren’t there?
Just look at the Catholic parishioners who lust after their priest …
… The priest lusting after their altar boys …
… And the altar boys lusting after Minecraft characters.
Luckily, you don’t have to be in a dysfunctional relationship to show yourself a bit of love.
Give up smoking: This is easy once you get over the anger, depression, physical agony, obsessive day and night-time dreams, rages, suicidal and murderous thoughts, etc.
Cut down on drinking alcohol: This is easy as long as you can put up with losing your friends and social life, shaking like an ornament during a smallish earthquake and feeling a restless emptiness like the worst form of grief.
Stop eating so many sugary snacks: Again it’s a piece of piss as long as you can put up with virtually constant sobbing, dizziness and pure, unadulterated emptiness.
If these methods sound a bit extreme, you could opt for less ambitious options of showing yourself you care:
- call a friend you absolutely love, but haven’t spoken to for ages (as long as they’re still speaking to you – and aren’t dead or in a coma)
- on a cloudless night, just look up at the sky and stare at the stars (but not for so long that you crick your neck)
- get a dog or a cat (unless you’re scared of – or allergic to – them, and don’t mind proximity to animal faeces)
- there are loads of other ways to make yourself feel special – they’re littered throughout the http://simlington.com blog. So feel free to look around.
And if you do want to be nice to someone else, why not just give them a hug and say ‘I love you’.
And maybe give the money you were going to waste on a heart-shaped box of chocolates to a charity for refugees, domestic abuse survivors or the homeless – who really do need to be reminded that someone cares.
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