This morning at the N. Downer Ave. Starbucks location, the staff unpacked the Valentine's Day-themed hot cups that will mark the holiday, featuring a heart design and the word "Love". The barista informed the rest of the staff: "We're supposed to push these until Valentine's Day." I was upset enough when Starbucks began selling the emotion of "bliss" in its cranberry bars; now it seems to claiming to peddle "love." Love seems like an overwhelming concept somtimes, but I would argue that even the non-romantically inclined such as I can readily experience and express love. To me, love is nothing so much as an attitude towards life. It's one that runs counter to the prevailing ethos in our society.
To me, it's consistently making the difficult choice, even when we can hear the noise of the gears grinding and belts scraping in our heads and hearts. I'm happy to be out of touch with the only slightly younger people I overhear in hipster coffeehouses and pizza joints. I don't need a repertoire of snarky pop cultural references. It's much more gratifying to be moving into a stage of life where I can realize and nurture my store of expertise so that others may take it and grow it. I'm not in a relationship right now, but it's fun to be at an age where I know I can feel things on a deeper level. When it does happen, I know it will be a whopper!