Who Needs Valentine’s Day?

Why use one day to celebrate something that should always be celebrated?

by Published: Feb 13, 2013

It’s that time again: The day that some of us cel­e­brate, some of us avoid and some of us hate.

You find those peo­ple who mark it down in their cal­en­dars by putting a ridicu­lous num­ber of hearts and excla­ma­tion points on the date. Then you find the peo­ple who say, “What hol­i­day? It’s really just an excuse to have to buy some­thing for some­one, anyways.”

Unless you have some­one when this day comes around, you just feel lonely watch­ing every­one else receive flow­ers, stuffed ani­mals, choco­lates and love notes explain­ing why they are spe­cial, while you sit there and make plans in your head to watch a movie by yourself.

I’ve been there. I’ve been on both ends of the Valentine’s Day spec­trum. Of course I like receiv­ing gifts that make me feel spe­cial, but being alone really isn’t that bad. You don’t have to get caught up in the day that was designed to make the peo­ple who are alone feel lonely, or the day that gives cou­ples the excuse to cel­e­brate their relationship.

First of all, if you’re in a rela­tion­ship cur­rently, I think it should always be a cel­e­bra­tion. I don’t think cou­ples should use only Valentine’s Day to make the other per­son feel spe­cial. I think ges­tures that hap­pen specif­i­cally on Valentine’s Day should be a ran­dom and often occur­rence in a relationship.

I mean, if you’re with that per­son you think they’re spe­cial then, right? I think it should be shown often, and not saved for just one day. I’m not talk­ing about buy­ing more flow­ers and choco­lates, but hand-written notes and set­ting aside time to spend with one another is key.

I know a boy who leaves a Post-it note for a girl under a table dur­ing class. This girl comes into the class­room later in the day for a dif­fer­ent class and sits in the exact same seat. She finds these notes often, and the expres­sion she shows each time is priceless.

They are only lit­tle ges­tures of affec­tion, but the amount of what they mean to her is shown by a sim­ple, uncon­trol­lable smile. What I like about see­ing this is even though each day is just a nor­mal day, he makes hers spe­cial by leav­ing lit­tle notes to let her know he’s think­ing about her. I think every­one could learn a lit­tle some­thing from this guy.

And if you’re alone for Valentine’s Day, don’t let it get you down. Celebrate you. Buy your­self some­thing nice! After all, Valentine’s Day is a day that we cel­e­brate love, and if that love is for your­self, I’m not judg­ing. More power to you.