So, Valentine’s Day is coming up and you are freaking out. Maybe because you’re single, maybe because you’ll have your first valentine ever or maybe because…it’s Valentine’s Day. And just like any other year the anti-Valentine’s Day posts are popping up everywhere online and every store you see is full of red and pink. With all the commotion, it becomes difficult to remember what the fuss is even about. Is this one day of the year actually worth stressing over at all?
What Valentine’s Day is about
But before making any judgment, it’s good to know where Valentine’s Day comes from and what it is truly about. So, we all know that on Valentine’s Day, you are supposed to spoil your loved one or confess to your crush that you like him or her. But the love day has a historical background.
Valentine’s Day is named after St. Valentine, who according to The Telegraph, was a priest in the third century who arranged marriages while they were forbidden by Emperor Claudius II. When St. Valentine was imprisoned he fell in love with the guard’s daughter and wrote her a letter starting with “from your Valentine” on the day of his execution (February 14th). Whether that’s romantic, I’ll leave that up to yourself. It was in the 18th Century that Valentine’s Day became commercial and Hallmark started mass-producing Valentine’s cards.
To celebrate or not to celebrate?
And here we are today. Among many of us, Valentine’s Day causes a lot of headache and frustration, which makes us wonder: should we celebrate Valentine’s Day at all? Here’s my answer:
Do whatever you want!
The benefit of Valentine’s Day (and any other holiday or celebration for that matter) is that you do not have to celebrate it if you do not want to! It is literally one day of the year. You can spend it just like you spend any other day. There’s no reason to worry.
And if you want to celebrate it, go ahead! Take baths in roses and chocolate and live your life! 😉 Just remember that Valentine’s Day does not mean spend-way-too-much-money-on-gifts-we-don’t-need day; it’s a day of declaring love. A romantic dinner or an evening walk will do just as fine. And if you want to go the extra mile and buy that really expensive gift or organize this really romantic trip, you totally should! Just don’t feel obliged to buy things that you do not want to buy or say things that you do not want to say or do things that you do not really want to do.
In general, Valentine’s Day offers a great opportunity to tell your loved ones or any other person that deserves a bit of extra attention that you care about them and that they matter. We definitely need some more of that! Single, taken or married, we can all use this day to spread a little love around – I promise it will do no harm. 😉