I remember growing up and being excited for Valentine’s Day. My dad would take me to the drug store and I’d pick out the perfect valentine card set for my class. I also couldn’t leave my teacher out. Or the class aid. Or the bus driver. I made sure to spread the love all around.
If we fast forward to the present, you’ll find that I’m still that little girl that wants to spread the love all around. But something happened with my peers where they began to loathe Valentine’s Day. Around the beginning of February, I notice people were getting really cynical.
“Here come’s that Hallmark Holiday.”*
“F$%# Valentine’s Day”
“The 14th is just taco Tuesday to me.”
It really got me wondering. Who hurt you?? I think there’s this big misconception about the holiday. Maybe it’s because of the expectations. Love has become commercialized. The ads are geared towards – if you don’t do this, you aren’t a good partner/friend/lover. But you can ignore all of that and celebrate it how you want to. Don’t look at what other people have or what they’re doing and compare it to your own situation. If you’re single like myself, don’t be bitter about not having a “special someone” to share the day with. When I think about the 14th, I think about love period, not just romance. Valentine’s Day should be about love in general; for your friends, your family and even yourself.
You don’t have to go all out and celebrate it if you don’t want to. But that also doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone else who wants to celebrate it that they’re doing something wrong. Or imply that celebrating Valentine’s Day means you aren’t showing your love and affection year round.
I, on the other hand, enjoy grand gestures and being a cornball. Any excuse, even a fully contrived one, is a good excuse to be creative and completely over the top with expressing love to the people in my life.
Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!
Are you against celebrating Valentine’s Day? If so, why? I’m curious to know!
(*The main complaint I heard when people said that they didn’t like Valentine’s day is the way businesses capitalize on the holiday and how much money is spent on one day but you can say that for any major American holiday. Christmas. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Memorial Day. So what is the truth??)