Yeah, yeah, I know. You hate Valentine’s Day and all that it entails. You think it’s just another holiday designed to sell Hallmark cards. Love stinks, etc., etc. You know what? Just shut up already.
As long as I (and YOU) can remember, Valentine’s Day has fallen on February 14. Why do you act as if this is a NEW thing to be offended by? So, it’s über-commercialized. So it’s cheesy. So it’s lost its meaning. Do you even know what that meaning is?
Good ol’ Wikipedia states: St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.
Performing weddings that were forbidden? Ministering to the persecuted? Healing the daughter of his enemy? If Valentine’s Day has its roots in the actions of this individual, I say, Let’s celebrate the hell out of it!
Sure, most of us don’t need any more pieces of chocolate; there are better things to spend money on than flowers that’ll croak in a week; we should be doing things out of love and compassion more often than one special day a year. I KNOW. I’VE HEARD ALL THIS BEFORE, AND SO HAVE YOU.
But it’s far easier to talk smack than to change the status quo. When was the last time you STFU about it and instead, did something unexpectedly kind on Valentine’s Day? When was the last time you were proactive about changing the cheesiness of this holiday into something meaningful?
Love isn’t just a noun that refers to your significant other; love is also a verb. You can love many people without having to buy them flowers and candy. You can love friends and family by showing them some extra kindness and consideration. You can love strangers by improving their neighborhoods. You can and should love YOU by taking care of you.
So H8rs, I want you to stop acting like Valentine’s Day is this new and horrible occurrence each year, because it’s no worse than any other over-commercialized holiday out there. The only difference is your attitude towards it. If you prefer to be miserable, that’s always your choice, but like religious and political opinions, keep it to yourself, unless asked.
Go out and spread some love. It’s what you should be doing anyway, and you’ll be pretty happy when the karmic boomerang comes back around.
Hoping you get back what you give out!