I figured there would be 3 types of posts today:
(1) I'm so in love with my mate! Happy Valentines Day everyone!
(2) Yeah, It's February 14. BFD.
(3) Will you please STFU about love! I'm alone and life sucks!
For most of my life I would have agreed with post #2. It's just another day. Even now that I do have someone I love dearly, I don't believe in setting aside a single day to prove that love by buying candy, flowers, plushies, jewelry, etc. Every day should be a day of love with your mate. I am cynical in believing that the day was set aside by corporations to sell more crap. Yes, I will shower my love with gifts over time. But I will do it when the time is right. Not when you tell me to.
For those of you in category #3, I just want you to know that love can happen at any time and you have to have your heart open for when that time comes. I am by no means an expert in this category, but I have found someone I deeply care for after living my entire life alone and pretty much devoid of love. It can happen at any time and at any place. Don't force the issue and always go in with both your heart and mind communicating to each other. If you go in with your mind shut off, you will probably get burned down the line. If you go in with your heart shut off, you will probably miss opportunities because you over-analyzed the situation.
Valentines Day 2002: I was alone and somewhat lonely. I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I would spend the rest of my life in solitude. I would not let that keep me down, however. I would make the best of the situation by enjoying life as best as I could.
Valentines Day 2003: I had started down the path of self re-discovery. I started to break through sexual identity issues. Perhaps I could find a mate if I just stopped doubting my feelings.
Valentines day 2004: I now had 3 loves in my life. I knew that in the end someone would get hurt down the path. Eventually 2 people did. One of those 2, however, is hopefully celebrating newfound love this Valentines Day.
Valentines Day 2005: I have my kitty. She has changed my life in so many ways. I love her dearly. I want to be with her forever. I will see her in a few days and I will be able to show her once more how much I love her. There. I just made a category #1 post.
And I will also say to all 250+ people on my friends list that you mean a lot to me and that I love you all too. Go out and find love if you don't yet have someone. You will find someone. Just give it time and patience. To those who have a love in your life, show that special person how you care for them.
And I want to give a special message and a big bear hug to ursuscal who lost his love just a few short weeks ago. Hopefully he will see camstone as an example. He, too, lost his love a couple of years ago, but has now filled the void in his life with a new loving mate.