Valentine’s Day Is a Day to Celebrate Everything You Love

14 Feb

Photo credit: Davide Ragusa/

Photo credit: Davide Ragusa/

This is not an anti–Valentine’s Day blog post.

Sure, many people without a romantic partner tend to grumble when February 14 rolls around, and some feel less-than, relative to all the happy couples out there. But not me. I think that’s a misguided way to look at the day.

As Lin-Manuel Miranda famously said last year, “Love is love is love is love is love is love.” Or, to quote the Beatles, “All you need is love.” Point is: There’s no specific rule that says what or who you have to love or celebrate today. (I’ve never seen one, anyway.) Rather, this is a day to celebrate love itself.

And that’s why, on Valentine’s Day, if I don’t have someone specific in my life to love, I spend the day doing things I love, and celebrating all the people, places, and things I love.

This year, there are many people, places, and things to celebrate. For example …

  • The view from Cindy’s Rooftop in Chicago
  • Brian Stelter’s Reliable Sources and the Hollywood Reporter’s Today in Entertainment email newsletters
  • When audiobooks are read by their authors (see Disrupted, by Dan Lyons, and Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen)
  • My bed
  • The “A Lovely Night” scene in La La Land
  • We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
  • Not Your Father’s Root Beer
  • Snow days
  • Happy People,” by Little Big Town
  • Reading the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly over Saturday lunch
  • Spotify Premium
  • When I walk into a small business and the people who work there know me
  • Being an uncle
  • Adrienne LaValley, the National Floors Direct spokeswoman
  • Steak night
  • Meeting friends I’ve gotten to know via social media offline
  • Wait for It,” from Hamilton
  • The Xfinity X1 mobile app
  • Clarence Clemons’ sax solo in “Jungleland” — it never gets old
  • My battery-charging iPhone case — and the attractive salesperson who suggested I buy it
  • The mute and unfollow options on Twitter and Facebook
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies at Panera Bread
  • The hopeful spirit at the beginning of another baseball season
  • John Oliver and Bill Maher
  • Butter cake
  • American Housewife
  • Spring in Boston
  • Being a packrat at those times when I find something I didn’t realize I still had and it brings back good memories
  • Drive It Like You Stole It,” from the movie Sing Street
  • My friends
  • Dunkin’ Donuts hot chocolate K-Cups
  • Working for small- and medium-sized businesses
  • Manmosas
  • My Slanket
  • The Boston Cream donut at Kane’s Donuts
  • The scene in The Founder where the McDonald brothers explain to Ray Kroc how they came up with their “fast food” concept
  • Great sports comebacks (see 2016 World Series and 2017 Super Bowl)
  • Chicken parm
  • Everyone who reads my blog posts, as infrequent as they may be

To all of those people, places, and things … know that I love you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are YOU celebrating today? Let me know in the comments section below, or by tweeting this blog post.

2 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Is a Day to Celebrate Everything You Love”

  1. joshmccormack February 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    I dislike so many of the things you’ve listed it shows I like you just for who you are, and not what you are. Your commitment to a bright outlook on life is wonderful.

    • Martin Lieberman February 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

      Well, then, there’s one more thing I can add: People who don’t see eye-to-eye with others, but who like them anyway. 🙂

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