Most people spend their lives thinking that they will get the happy ending, and they are waiting for it, yet all around we see evidence to the contrary. The love untold, the letter or email unsent, the wrong path taken at the wrong time. Or, on the other hand, a love pursued only to be let down. Maybe that’s how most stories really end, maybe not – hopefully not.
For those of you celebrating Valentine’s Day alone read this to yourself, changing the appropriate pronouns if necessary. The same goes for you if you decide it, and this may make a sad day a good one, or a good day a better one.
I will spend my time and energy trying to be the best person I can because I want to make someone proud of me, impressed by me, but more importantly, because I want to be proud of me and happy about the kind of person I have become.
There are so many things that I want to accomplish, and so much good I can do in this world. I will change the world. If I never get that fairytale ending, that would still be true. If the type of person I am and my capacity for love isn’t appreciated in the way of Disney, I will still be just as wonderful. If I continue to try and be the smartest, most talented, devoted, conscientious, gentle, thoughtful, patient, sweet, funny, optimistic, honest, grateful person anyone has have ever met I’ll know there wasn’t much I could have done better. All that I do, I do well. I have my moments of self-doubt, but I know that all will be well. I believe that my life will be beautiful, because I try hard, and that’s got to count for something. I know that I can be moody and restless, although it’s a rarity, but with the strength of my character I move past them, listen to the logic of things and levelheadedly move forward quickly. Chivalry isn’t dead.
I like to think that everyone around me thinks highly of me, and that the respect I unquestionably give everyone comes back ten times over from my friends. I am great, and I am loved by great people. For all of this, I am thankful.
One day, I’ll find someone, or maybe I already have, that not only appreciates the depth of my character but shares these traits instead of taking advantage of them.
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