Danica Patrick’s Valentine’s Day message just might surprise you Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Racer Danica Patrick arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

As NASCAR’s Danica Patrick began her first Valentine’s Day in many years without ex-boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and her first one with current love Aaron Rodgers, some fans might have assumed she would have some sappy sentiment to start her day off on Instagram.

But then we remembered, this is Danica Patrick.

And Danica Patrick is anything but sappy.

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Instead, she posted a black and white pic of herself up on a mountain hike paired with a deep sentiment about the Valentine’s Day holiday.

“Such a lovely, man-made day to either feel amazing or horrible, right?” she wrote in the Feb. 14 Instagram post. “It started back in 496 with the Romans celebrating the feast of Lupercalia, marking their official start to springtime … well that’s what Google says.

“Our relationships are a reflection of ourselves,” she continued. “It is important to recognize that we are enough just as we are. Not prettier, cooler, funnier, smarter, skinnier, taller, shorter … just as we are. When we do, we attract someone that sees us just the same. Fully. Perfectly imperfect. That reflection is the most amazing thing, and I call it true love. Have a great day. Love yourself so you know how to love others!”

The post did get its share of reaction from her fans, one of whom remarked about the demise of her relationship with Ricky. “As a very longtime fan, it hurts knowing you left someone who loved you dearly, even if he wasn’t perfect,” one fan wrote. “He’s perfectly imperfect, as you said. Just wish you’d give the man who truly loved you and your little family one more chance.”

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Of course, that message quickly got a reality check from other fans.

“Oh puhleeze, you don’t know why their relationship ended,” one noted. “He may have decided to kick her to the curb. She waited five years for him to put a ring on it. If you snooze (for  five years!!) you lose! Aaron Rodgers proves the old saying is true … The early worm gets the bird!”

God, we love NASCAR fans!

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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