My first memory of Valentine’s Day was in first grade. My mom and I went out and bought a box of the cutest Valentine’s cards, came home and filled out all 25 for my classmates. School was always so much fun on Valentines day because we all gave each other our written sentiments, ate candy and felt extra special. It was a day dedicated to LOVE, but we didn’t comprehend what that really meant.
As I got older, Valentine’s Day brought on a whole new meaning, especially in my early 20s. It wasn’t defined by love; it was defined by the expectation of what my boyfriend would do for me. Would he send me flowers at work and take me to the most romantic restaurant? Would he give me a diamond bracelet or was he going to disappoint me by giving me just a card?
But as years go by and the wiser I became I realized Valentine’s Day wasn’t about what my boyfriend or husband could do for me, it was about celebrating love. But like most holidays, it has become a sales vessel for businesses to promote their products and make us think that it is not about real love, it’s about what you can buy the one you love to show her or him how much you love them. It has become about the price tag. Where is the love in that? The problem is we buy into these romantic notions that flowers and jewelry and dinner at the finest restaurants measures how much we are loved. When our expectations aren’t met we feel disappointed and unloved.
So we have a decision to make. It’s pretty simple, too. We can celebrate love, not just with our significant other but with everyone in our life who we cherish. For the single men and women who dread Valentine’s Day, don’t miss the bigger picture. Have faith that one day when you aren’t single you’ll remember the true meaning of what has become more or less a commercialized, somewhat forced holiday, although opinions vary. I found the historical meaning of Valentines day really interesting, if you want to click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day
Love is everything, it is the most important and desired feeling for each and every person, and it’s something we all have in common. I can’t think of one thing that the entire human race has in common except the need for love.