life beyond the well…

i guess i’m supposed to be bitter…

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i guess i’m supposed to be bitter because i don’t have any “special” plans for valentine’s day. interesting….

i could see all the reasons why i WOULD be bitter, and i could lament them here, but that’s not the focal point of this post. i’m actually really excited about this valentine’s day.

for one, i have an interview today for an awesome summer internship. i’m really excited about the position and i’m ready for the interview (only after having two straight days of interviewing for ANOTHER position that i’m very excited for).

another reason i’m really excited about today is because i’ll be dining at this great hibachi steakhouse with my surrogate parents (pdub and felicia) and my lovely surrogate little sis (lauryn) for a birthday celebration.

and finally, i’m going to the ebony fashion fair tonight! i’ve been seeing those ads in ebony my whole life, and i finally get to go. not to mention the ticket was free! yeah buddy…

i say all of this to say that it is so clear to me that i have love in my life, even if it’s not in the way that is usually celebrated on valentine’s day. i’m so blessed to be surrounded by people who love and care about me.

to my fellow singles- take some time to realize the love that you DO have in your life instead of focusing on what you don’t have. it’s a blessing to be single and to spend time getting to know yourself and what you like/don’t like. it took me a long time to come to that realization, but i’m glad i know now…

After a while, you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads
On today, because tomorrow’s ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have
A way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate
Your own soul instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn…
With every goodbye you learn.


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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