14 Feb

Don’t worry guys, this is not going to be a post about Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Nor, I promise, is it a public paean to my sweetheart, known by many as M. Beardface, or The Dirt Nerd.

I’m quite disinterested in this holiday, but I must admit the love stuff I see everywhere has been having an impact on my brain. So, I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone: Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s day… whatever day it is, don’t hold back from telling the people you love that you love them. So many people I know (including myself sometimes) self-edit their feelings. But, really: tell people that you love them. I’m not just talking about saying it to a partner. Tell it to your family. Your friends. Your dog. Say it to the most important person: yourself.

Oh, and while you’re all expressing your feelings and things, keep in mind you don’t have to stick with “I love you.” If you are touched by a friend’s thoughtfulness, tell them. If you really appreciate how well your office manager keeps everyone together, tell them. If you’re tickled because your barista greets you by name and says “the usual?” every time you come in, tell them.

And, yes, sometimes it’s harder to say how you feel if you’re not sure if it’s mutual. Be brave.

Share the love, folks. Appropriate much more than once a year.


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