Will you be my Valentine?
Valentine’s Day: A day that divides our society in two parts. Either you love it (or at least pretend you do, because your partner does), or you don’t. I’ve always had mixed feelings about this day. When I was younger, I used to think it was romantic, a day set aside for people to celebrate their love together. Now that I’m older (and many V-Days later) I realize how silly that thought actually is. I mean, if you love someone enough to be in a relationship with them, you should love them enough to express your feelings to them on a daily basis, right? It shouldn’t take a special day to show your loved ones all the adoration they deserve. Plus, the downside of V-Day is that it can lead to serious stress levels:
For those in happy union, Valentine’s Day can turn into a headache. Do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Shall I buy her flowers? Shall I make dinner reservations? Also, it makes everyone not in a relationship feel excluded. Valentine’s Day: The day reserved for lovers. Well great, what if you don’t have a lover? Send your pet a greeting card? Furthermore, I still don’t quite understand the concept of V-day. Is it a gentlemen’s responsibility to get girls flowers? Do we as girls have to have a gift ready for our partners in return? As far as I am concerned I think it’s just another expensive day to plan.
Long story short: I generally think celebrating love is awesome. In fact, I think our world would be a much better place if we confessed our love for each other more often. However, I think every day should be a day to celebrate your love with another, not just February 14.
So here’s my proposal for Valentine’s Day (diamond ring excluded):
How about we don’t complain about anyone celebrating what they want to celebrate on February 14th (or on any other day, for that matter). Perhaps it could be a day to embrace love in general: The love you feel for your partner, family, or friends, and also self-love. Perhaps this day could also serve as incentive to confess our love for someone we have secretly admired for a long time. Perhaps we dare to show our feelings a little bit more on this day, we dare to be turned down, but also dare to be loved in return.
And since I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, here’s my little contribution to V-Day this year. Instead of flowers, I’m sending you a fine selection of my favorite love tunes. Just because. Happy February 14th, lovebirds!
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