You guessed right. I couldn't let Valentine's Day pass without a quintessential blog update.
But, it'd be wrong to go on writing about the birds and the bees without noting that a love blog from me has been quite a long time coming after the overflow of them last semester.
I can only shrug and say I was a bit under the weather after the love bug bit me too hard.
Yes, you right that correctly. Over these past few months, I've felt myself slip farther into the cynical realm that I have ever allowed myself to in the past.
But on this February 14, 2011, it's time to set myself straight.
It's time for a Lover's Manifesto.
From this point on, until a reevaluation occurs on cupid's day next year, I shall hold these truths to be self-evident, that in the pursuit of love I shall:
I. Always remember to take care of myself.
(And yes, that includes allowing Food Network and American Pickers marathons.)
II. Be open to possibilities
(Don't use the extreme amount of knowledge I've gleaned from years of romance novel and movie consumption to determine an outcome from the moment the scenario begins.)
III. Don't be afraid to want things
(Sometimes the things we want may not make sense in the long-run, but there's nothing to be ashamed of in wanting.) Quote of Note: "Your smile makes me want to misbehave."
IV. Take a leap
(Being perceptive is usually an excellent quality, but when it convinces you that a painful outcome is a sure thing from the beginning, it can limit your ability to get the great rewards that a great risk can garner.) Quote of Note: "Sometimes not being in control is the most beautiful thing in the world."
V. Follow the heart sometimes
(Love will always be a battle of mind versus heart. Sense versus sensibility. And sometimes it's okay to do something because it feels good at the time.) Quote of Note: "You make my heart smile."
VI. It doesn't always have to be about love
(Blasphemy, right? My point is that not everything is going to be a great love affair. Don't be afraid to have a little fun.)
VII. Do what makes you happy
(Know what makes you happy. And know what feels right in your soul. And then do what you know you should do.) Quote of Note: "Never regret something that once made you smile."
VIII. Speak your mind
(Shyness is out. Confidence is in.) Quote of Note: "It is a risk to love. What if it doesn't work out? Ah, but what if it does."
IX. Believe in your own love story
(Just because the whole world is falling in love and you're still sitting at home alone on Friday nights doesn't mean you're destined to be alone forever. No more anuptaphobia.) Quote of Note: "The only way to get to forever is a day at a time."
X. Be your own soulmate
(Infatuations/desires/loves may pass, but you'll always have yourself. Be good to you. And believe in you. Love you.)
Final thought: "Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that: it lights the whole sky." -Hafiz.
Peace, love and a perfect Valentine's Day