As I went to post something on Facebook today, I saw that. Facebook automatically tagged my post as "celebrating Valentine's Day". With heart emoticons. I don't want to post "celebrating Valentine's Day". I want to make a plain post. What if I don't want it to say I'm celebrating Valentine's day?
Anyone who knows me at all knows I don't take much stock in Valentine's day or many holidays for that matter. I don't agree with the hype and certainly don't like the guilt associated with it. The obligation to buy something for someone to show you love them irks me. Love is how you treat someone every day. On a sidenote: I also don't get the concept of killing flowers to show love. Why are significant others across the land having to prove on this day that their SO means something to them? Shouldn't that be apparent? Shouldn't you know everyday how they feel about you? But, they're in the dog house if they don't get the perfect gift?
Oh, let's not forget the single people out there. Those that feel lonelier on this day because they don't have a Valentine. Why? Because of some made-up Hallmark "spend-a-boatload-of-money" holiday?
Love yourself. Treat yourself right. Treat your significant other right and show them love, kindness and respect every day. Maybe the world will be a more loving place then (and have more $ in their pockets for more useful things).
I would much rather be treated right every day of the year than to have someone buy me something out of guilt or obligation. How is that from the heart?
My SO and I will be doing what we love today.....going to the gym and hanging out together. We might even watch a movie tonight.
If you want to buy someone you love a gift just because you love them, do it because you want to - not because you're expected to on this particular day.
And that, my friends, is how I feel about Valentine's Day.