With Valentine’s Day coming up, everybody starts thinking about one thing: love. You either love love, you hate love, you don’t believe in love, or maybe love is the only thing you actually give a damn about.
Either way, here is my own personal thought on the matter – love does not have to be limited to the love you find in a relationship. It’s important to note there is a little bit of love in every day. It’s just up to you too see it.
So here are a list of the who’s and what’s that I love, and an oath that I’ll try to make this month about showing my appreciation for them more.
My Best Friends
These are truly the people that are your chosen family. There isn’t one day where I don’t think to myself, “I am so lucky to know these people.” They consistently give me confidence, push me to be a better person, make me laugh, and open my eyes to new experiences. They’ve given me so much joy in life, and I could never express my gratitude enough.
Alpha Sigma Tau
My freshman year I decided to join a sorority – and thank God I did. Alpha Sigma Tau taught me what it meant to be a leader, to define my voice, to never settle for mediocrity. I never thought I would be the woman I am today. And without Alpha Sigma Tau, I most likely wouldn’t be. It empowered me completely.
My grandmothers are some of the strongest, most fearless women I have ever met. I hear their stories and just sit in admiration. They know the keys to life – they are truly happy. And what makes them stand out is that they consistently make their own happiness.
Penn State Behrend
I will consistently say coming to Pen State Behrend was the greatest choice of my entire life. It was my first time away from home. I was incredibly sheltered at home. The freedom I found here was more than refreshing, it was genuinely life changing. I met people who completely opened my eyes. I found out who I was when I was in a new place and when I was alone. My years here have been the greatest years of my life.
My niece and nephew
I never knew you could love little humans so much. It’s almost as if I love them as my own siblings. They are curious, playful, and unconditionally loving. These are the qualities I love in children and the qualities that too often fade as we enter adulthood. When I spend some time with them, it’s a friendly reminder to try and instill these characteristics into who I am each day.
I get a lot of shit for liking Taylor Swift. I hear all the time about how she is fake, whiny, boy obsessive – and honestly, save it. I know very well she isn’t the most liked person, but I have appreciated her from the beginning. I bought her first album in middle school (and even then kids gave me a hard time saying “ew, you like country”). The reasons I love Taylor Swift are more than her catchy songs – I related. In some of my loneliest or just plain awful times, I related to her because she’s a writer. She used writing in those moments and turned it into something beautiful. And that is exactly what I try to do. You can have all the opinions you want on her dating etiquette or how authentic you think she is, but it doesn’t change the personal connection I have to her and her lyrics.
So as I was saying…I’m a writer. Deep to my soul. I’ve loved writing ever since I can remember. When I was a kid, I loved writing Halloween stories in October. I wrote a “song” (if you can even say that) in fifth grade called “What Is Life About?” …pretty embarrassing. In middle school, I wrote an essay on how the story of Andrew Clement’s The School Story inspired me because it was about a young writer. The essay actually did pretty well and even got top fifty in a state wide competition. I’ve never stopped writing – whether it’s little notes in my phone when I’m inspired, or poetic phrases when I’m in an emotional rut, or blogs just to have some fun expression. I will forever love writing.