A Reminder This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be hard for a lot of people. It used to be hard for me because I feared I was unlovable. Yet that is just the lies mental illness likes to whisper. Don’t listen to them.

Don’t listen to them no matter where you are in life or how your romantic prospects look. Valentine’s Day isn’t a celebration of couples, but a celebration of love and acceptance. And I know first hand that in the darkness it seems like there isn’t any of that in your life, but I promise you there is.

There are still days where the darkness tries to pull me back in. On those days I remind myself of the truth, that I am lovable and that there are people who want me in this life. And now hopefully I can offer you the same reminder.

Because I may not know you, but I am thankful you are here, not just because it helps my overall stats, but because of the fact that mental illness isolates, and by connecting even if it is only through this here interweb we weaken its hold on us. We connect through our commonality, and that is the basis of love, whether communal, familial, or romantic. And that is what Valentine’s Day is all about.

So where ever you are, I can promise you, even without necessarily knowing you, that the world is better with you in it, that you are lovable, and that there are people who are meant to be in your life. And you are meant to be in theirs.

So Happy Valentine’s Day 2020 to all of you out there. Keep up the battle, because when we battle together we win.

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