Share the Love
What comes to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day? When many of us were young, one of the first things we thought of was how many valentines we would need for our elementary classmates and how fun it would be to make our very own “Valentine box”. As we get older, our thoughts probably changed to nervousness about who to ask to a high school dance or how to impress our date. As we enter adulthood and the holiday becomes more commercialized, we are constantly surrounded by images of red roses and pink hearts. We may even look forward to having a partner to spoil with chocolate, a special dinner, and kisses.
But even when we stop growing physically, we never stop growing emotionally, do we? Over the years, our sentiments about the holiday continue to change. The advisors at True Wealth have all been lucky enough to find partners to share Valentine’s Day with – Bryan and Laura, Kenny and Kody, and Brian and Amy. All have shared many dinners and adventures together and, over time, their love expanded to include all their amazing children – nine total between the three couples.
We recently learned about a client who made a conscious decision to always give his daughters a small Valentine’s gift along with his wife’s. He loves being able to show his daughters love in that way, while also showing them how much he loves their mom. Hearing that story has inspired us to express love to more than just our spouses and partners this Valentine’s Day – it’s got us thinking about how people share their loves with all the people in their lives.
Think of how you’ve seen love shown in cinema: profession of love in the grandest of gestures with rose petals, balloons, and giant teddy bears, or meeting a pen pal at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. You know how it goes. But that’s not what any of us have personally seen in our lifetimes. We’ve seen young people quietly tape hearts on front doors of their sweetheart’s house. We’ve seen single women celebrate the day with an annual “Galentine’s” dinner. We know many people who happily celebrate the day by spoiling pets or pampering themselves.
There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and you are absolutely allowed to share the love you have with anyone you want. Sharing your love with others is something that should be celebrated! And that, to us, is what Valentine’s Day is truly about. Beyond cards and candy, beyond chocolate and roses, it’s an opportunity to tell others how much we love, care for, and appreciate them. Your family, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers… or in our case, our clients.
Valentine’s Day is about appreciating every form of love.
So, on behalf of all of us at True Wealth & Company, we hope you have a wonderful holiday. May it be personal, not commercial. May it be spent however and with whomever you wish. And no matter how you celebrate your love,