February is known as the month of love. This year, it definitely appears to be the month of love – with new relationships starting, engagements, declarations of love, and more, this month is chalk full of “love.” Personally, I have never liked the concept of Valentine’s Day – maybe that’s because I’ve never really had someone to share it with, but to me, love should be displayed all the time — not just highlighted on one particular day.
However, today, February 3rd, really was a day of love. There’s really nothing like seeing somebody who is in love. Love does crazy things to us. When one is in love, he forgets how to tie his shoes, cuts himself shaving, and experiences brief dozes of insomnia. Love is a one way ticket to crazy town and about the only reason one might plead partial insanity and get away with it. Getting to witness one in love is a beautiful, chilling, fun experience. February 3rd was just that – a beautiful display of love. For the sake of anonymity, I will change the names of those in the story. On February 3rd, I had the opportunity to help plan a special surprise for my best friend Katherine. First, you need a little backstory on Katherine. She is one of the most kind-hearted, loving, selfless, giving girls this side of heaven. She has a bubbly personality and people instantly fall in love with her. Speaking of falling in love, her man – James, had done just that. He found himself falling head over heels, can’t sleep, can’t eat in love with Katherine, and he wanted to tell her. So he devised a plan.
Frequently, the two of them would take walks along the river at Matter Park, a park near our school. On one such walk, they had found a cute, romantic, waterfront pavilion. It was such a spot that would be the perfect place for James to explain his feelings for Katherine.
James planned an entire evening starting with a home-cooked meal and ending at the waterfront. He told some of Katherine’s best friends, and enlisted their help to make this night one for the record books.
I had the privilege of working very closely with James on this night. It was such a fun experience to actually witness love. You hear about love. You read about love. You watch movies about love. But to truly see someone who is in love – there’s nothing like it. Honestly, everytime James would talk about how he felt, or how giddy he was, or how nervous he was, I’d get chills. It’s a beautiful thing – love. I created a playlist with songs consisting of I Don’t Dance, Beneath Your Beautiful, Amazed, and more. We bought over 100 candles, and decorated with burlap and mason jars.
It was so fun to see my best friend be spoiled and given a night she deserved. It was fun to witness love, and it was fun to pull off the surprise. Love is a scary, vulnerable place. Often, we are so scared of being hurt or hurting someone else that we don’t want to take the risk, but great reward comes from great risk.
I’ve been listening to the song Beneath Your Beautiful a lot lately.
“You tell all the boys “No”
Makes you feel good, yeah.
I know you’re out of my league
But that won’t scare me away, oh, no
You’ve carried on so long,
You couldn’t stop if you tried it.
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it,
But I’m gonna try
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?
Would you let me see beneath your perfect?
Take it off now, girl, take it off now, girl
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight?”
Maybe you can relate to this song, I know I can. So, I guess my challenge to you and to me is to open up and let people see beneath your beautiful, beneath your perfect. Get close enough to someone to let them in to your deepest areas. The only way to really do life is with people.
The love month is still cheesy, to me, and I still don’t like the idea of just a month or a specific day for love. But, having witnessed such a beautiful display of love, my aversion to the month of February has been reduced. …so, Here’s To Love