Make Every Day a Valentine's Day
Every February 14th, Valentine’s Day is celebrated. To some, it is considered a sincere holiday that calls for celebration. To others, it is merely a Hallmark Holiday created to sell cards, flowers, and chocolates. Whether you view Valentine’s Day as a cause for celebration or as an entirely commercialized day, I want you to think about a couple things.
I have never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. As I think back to elementary school, we would always fill out little Valentine’s cards to give to each person in the class. We would have a party. At that point in life, Valentine’s Day was easy and exciting. Children always enjoy a little party at school and the thrill of having a crush. As life progresses, Valentine’s day can almost become burdensome. There is always the challenge of not disappointing your significant other with whatever gift you get them. It can almost feel like an obligation to get them something, and it can be quite costly.
However, this isn’t the real reason for Valentine’s Day. It is supposed to be a holiday to celebrate love. The issue of getting someone a gift should not be viewed as a burden. If you spend $5 or $200 to celebrate the day with your significant other, it should be done entirely out of love. As long as it is done with the right intentions, it shouldn’t make a difference what the gift is. Now guys, I am not saying this to give you an excuse to be cheap.
I feel like Valentine’s Day has become far too commercialized, and we are missing the real reason behind it. Instead of being a day to celebrate love, it has become a day of spending money. The symbolic color of red has taken over to show the “love.” Chocolates and flowers have become the main focus instead of emotions and feelings. That is the sad part.
I had wanted to write a hub about Valentine’s Day, and it probably would have been solely negative. It’s not that I am some pessimist that doesn’t believe in love; I have two beautiful girls in my life that I adore. I am fortunate to have my two valentines, even though one doesn’t understand it since she is only 16 months old. My negativity only stems from the commercialization of the holiday.
Before I could entirely bombard you with negativity, a comment from another hubber got me thinking. In response to a question I asked, they stated “It is just a day that everybody wants to have an 'official' day to show the world that he or she loves someone. It would be ideal to make everyday is Valentine day.” I found this to be a beautiful statement. If we truly do love people, we can make every day Valentine’s Day. I don’t need one specific day to show the world how lucky I am. If more people adopted this view, can you imagine what a better place this world would be?
The same negativity that I was going to broadcast to all of you persists throughout the world. I felt a sense of guilt after reading that comment from the hubber. With all the self-centeredness, we often forget to show other people how grateful we are to have them in our lives. We shouldn’t need a specific day to do this. We should be able to express our love daily to our friends, family, and significant other. We should be proud of the fact that we have such great people in our lives who we can appreciate and spend time with. Let’s make an effort to show that appreciation more often; let’s strive to make every day our Valentine’s Day!