Lately, all I've been hearing from the TV and the people around me is, "I hate Valentine's Day" or "Singles Awareness Day is coming up." There was even a survey I saw that said they associate Valentine's Day with loneliness and depression. Come on, why is everyone turning this day of love into a day of comparing yourself to others and self-pity.
I have actually always loved Valentine's Day. When I was little I would take all of my Valentine cards to school and put one in each person's box. That night was always my favorite. I would "kick" Valentines on all of my friends doorsteps. Then my grandparents and my parents would always ring our doorbell and leave each of us a treat. I looked forward to telling my family and friends how much I love them and of course getting Valentines.
Valentine's Day is about love, and not just the love between couples. It's about love in general. There are a lot more people out there that you love and that love you. I know it can be hard to be single. It's hard to not have that significant other on Valentine's Day. I don't, but I'm ok with it. Right now i don't need another person to complete me. I'm still learning plenty about myself.
This isn't singles awareness day. This isn't a holiday created by the greeting card companies to make an extra buck (It goes way farther back than that). This is Valentine's Day, and this year I want to take it back to my childhood days, and I encourage you to do the same. Celebrate love. Take time to show your love for all of the people you care for. This year I'm going to have fun on Valentine's Day. I"m going to "kick" Valentines just like I used to. Don't stay alone at home. Make the most of it and remind your friends and family just how much you love them.