Valentine's Day is coming. Though the age old tradition is a Holiday for lovers, I think it's also important to love yourself. Fitness isn't just about exercise and eating right. But how you think. Loving yourself is important to your well-being. There's nothing wrong with loving yourself in a healthy way. Obviously, not in an egotistical arrogant way. But in the way that you know, when you love and respect yourself, you're making the wisest choices hopefully, to be the best version of you. There is nothing more attractive than someone who takes good care of themselves. After-all, if you don't think well of yourself, how will others?
The legend of Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery. The origin of this lovers day goes back as early as 270 A.D and started with the clash between a kindly priest and a mighty ruler. Emperor Claudius II decided single men made better soldiers and outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Valentine’s Day pagan festival in February was the celebration of Lupercalia. Though some argue Lupercalia was just a fertility festival.
It was only in the 14th Century that Valentine's Day became definitively associated with love. A UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of "Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine", credits Chaucer as the one who first linked St. Valentine's Day with romance. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. Hence, Chaucer used the image of birds as the symbol of lovers in poems dedicated to the day.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. It’s not so big in Spain as I found out when I lived there. But I think it’s starting to catch on. Who doesn’t want to celebrate love?
Here are some tunes to get you in the mood.