Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and who doesn’t want to celebrate love?! I never had a boyfriend for Valentine’s Day (until the age of 19) but that never stopped me from being super excited and always making plans to celebrate. I never saw that day as a celebration for couples, I saw it as an opportunity to make something out of an otherwise basic day and have fun!
For a few years in a row I used to have over to my house two really good friends of mine and the three of us, with my parents, would enjoy a fun night (I mean I don’t know how fun it was for my parents to stay in on Valentine’s Day and spend it with a bunch of 15-year-olds and my baby sister hahaha). The five of us would have a very special meal we prepared especially for that day and of course yummy heart-shaped desserts and usually end the night with a movie; aka “Valentine’s Day”. I look back on those memories and I remember being so happy that we were gathering together to just celebrate love. My parents as a married couple were celebrating their own kind of love and my friends and I celebrating our own kind of love. In my eyes everyone was celebrating on that day! My sister, my parents, my single friends, my friends in relationships, everyone.
I remember in my last year of school I had a sleepover at my friend’s house and we literally had such a good time! We were both so excited about it and had probably been planning what we would do on that day, a week in advance lol. I remember being so happy and excited and full of love because who cared if I didn’t have a boyfriend? I certainly didn’t! I had friends and family and I loved people with all my heart and I knew I was being loved back and that was all I needed to get me excited for Valentine’s day.
Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that I think it’s a misconception that only people in relationships should be celebrating that day. The motive of that celebration is love and that is something we all have in our lives (I sure hope so anyway!!!).
I also know many people say that you shouldn’t wait for Valentine’s day to come around, to buy your girlfriend flowers or bring her chocolates and I agree. Sometimes, however, we get so caught up in our daily life and especially when you start a family life gets so busy. With that, I do not see the harm of having a set day, once a year, when people make time and put in an effort to have a good time with their significant other and remind them how much they are being loved and appreciated.
And to all those who don’t believe in celebrating Valentine’s Day because they think it’s just a big stand for retailers to make money, well this is what I think! I think we are the ones that make Valentine’s day seem like a commercial event, by thinking that we need heart-shaped, red and pink everything, and we need to buy the biggest bouquet of red roses and chocolate covered strawberries and presents and champaign and and and… Stores will bombard you with red anything and Valentine’s Day themed products because yes, this is a chance for them to make money. That does not mean that you have to buy anything. Have some self-control when it comes to shopping and enjoy the day for it actually represents!
At the end of the day, we all know the LOVE you have for others is what makes this day so special and a sweet message or one rose, is enough. 😉