Valentines Day is fast approaching, and honestly, we all know the mixed emotions that come with this holiday. Some people having nothing but heart eyes all day long hoping for all the flowers and chocolates in the world. Some people complain all day long on social media and to their coworkers because they want everyone to know they are miserable not having anyone to share the day with. Love, hate, sadness, happiness, joy- everyone feels some type of emotion on Valentine’s day.
To be honest, I am a fan of the day. I will admit it is fun when you have someone to share the love with, but overall, I do like the stereotypical traditions on Valentines Day. No matter who you are, I believe it is important to love every day, but it is especially fun on Valentines Day.
One thing you should know about me is my love for all things in celeb culture. I read and keep up with popular culture each day. Partly because I am intrigued and hope to work in the industry one day, but also because I truly am such of fan of so many musicians, actors, actresses, tv personalities, comedians, dancers, and entertainers. There is just something about staying up to date with that world that is fun to me.
Last week, one of my favorites, Selena Gomez did an interview with the Fashion magazine, Harpers Bazaar, where she talked about several things from her music, to being the most followed person on Instagram, to her street style and to overall life lessons. She even talked about her love for the restaurant Chilis, which I could 100% relate to. Again, I was reading this because I am such a fan of hers. She is my WCW every day. But one thing really stuck out to me. She was asked if she believed that 2018 was going to be better than 2017 and in her response, she addressed her health struggles in the past and even her battle with depression and anxiety. This was her response:
“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome. There won’t be a day when I’m like, “Here I am in a pretty dress—I won!” I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else. I’m starting my year off with that thought. I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.” -Selena Gomez
If you would like to read more the article can be found here:http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a15895669/selena-gomez-interview/
First of all, I applaud her for being so open about such a personal struggle. That is hard. I cannot imagine being on her level of fame and talking openly like that. I really identified with this because this year already I have learned the importance of putting myself first (behind God, of course). I always try to put others first because I believe that is the way I am wired. But what I am realizing is that there comes a time in your life when you have to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Making the right positive decisions that are healthy for YOU. I spent so long worrying about others and trying to please others that it truly started to affect my health. When I was casually reading this article I instantly knew God was sending me a sign, telling me to keep doing what I have been doing. It is working!
Selena is my Valentine this year even though I believe she may be back with Justin Beiber (lol). Little moments like this teach us the biggest lessons. This Valentine’s day, let go of other things and love yourself. Love yourself because I am assuring you that in the end, it will not only make you happier, but it will make you healthier. A happy lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. I am grateful for my health and the things I have been doing lately to make me a happier and healthier person. This Valentine’s day I will love others immensely, but most of all I will love myself because, ironically, we were also created to do just that.
Happy Valentines Day! I love you. I love me!
Southern and Thankful