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Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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When I was a single lady in my twenties I couldn't imagine a worse thing than to spend Valentine's Day alone. No matter how I felt about a guy, if he asked me out for Valentine's Day I would immediately say yes. After all, I told myself, it's better than sitting home by myself feeling depressed and eating an entire bag of conversation hearts!

Now that I'm older, I can think of many things worse than being alone on Valentine's Day, and that's a good thing. My husband is a soldier and I've spent several of them by myself over the last fifteen years while he was off soldiering on other continents, often in hostile environments. Sadly, the conversation hearts bags often littered the ground by the end of the night those years, but given my level of concern over his safety I was pretty okay with that.

So many times we women believe that we are worthless unless we have someone to share Valentine's Day with, even if the man we are spending it with is pretty worthless himself. The thing to remember is, Valentine's Day is basically a holiday that was created to make money for retailers, shoving boxes of candy, bouquets, jewelry and stuffed animals in our faces beginning almost immediately after Christmas. The inundation of red, pink and white is almost too much to handle for some single ladies.

I made a decision that the next time I have to spend Valentine's Day alone (hopefully not ever again, because if I am it means hubby is someplace potentially dangerous to his health!) I plan on celebrating me. I will buy myself a bottle of champagne, a nice box of chocolates, and yes, a few bags of conversation hearts, and celebrate the fact that yet another Valentine's Day is here and I'm still alive and healthy enough to appreciate it. After all, that is the most important thing in the world; to appreciate each day, even the ones that society tells us we are losers if we spend them alone.

Better yet, I think I'll grab some girlfriends, put on a short red dress and some sparkly bling and hit the dance floor. I may have a decadent dinner, see a good movie or go on a shopping spree. Or maybe I'll laugh and have a great time; drink too much and take a cab home if I want. Celebrate you this Valentine's Day and never feel less as a person just because you're not half of a couple. You are amazing, just the way you are; a beautiful and loving individual!

Written by: Angie Yoder

"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."
~Author Unknown
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~Mahatma Gandhi

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