Valentine’s Day is next week Tuesday and some couples are still scrambling to find the right gift and get that all important dinner reservation. While couples search for plans, singles are either indifferent about the holiday or frightened at the fact that they may spend Valentine’s Day on Facebook looking at photos of those aforementioned dinner reservations. The question lost in this mix of all you can eat cheesy bread and sitting alone in your room watching Jersey Shore reruns is, does Valentine’s Day really matter?
Should couples look to ONE day to show their love for each other? Should singles go hard starting on February 1st to ensure they will not be alone on February 14th.
Couples should act out their love for each other everyday, not just on a holiday. However, the hustle of working hard in school or trying to get that promotion at work sometimes leaves us little time to do so. There is nothing wrong with making sure on a certain date all of these distractions and obligations take a back seat to your significant other. Men especially need a reminder to be mushy everyone once in a while even if its only once in February.
Singles should not place so much emphasis on Valentine’s Day. If you are feeling single and lonely, spend it with single friends. Single people should not go on desperation Valentine’s Day dates. The awkwardness experienced on that date will drive you to drink large amounts of alcohol that may lead to a large amount of regret. If you are single and there is someone who you like that you get along with, ask them out, see what happens. It could start a love connection or a physical connection, which could be just as valuable.
Some say Valentine’s Day is a day created by retailers. Others say Valentine’s Day has become more about material goods and less about love. I say lighten up and enjoy the festivities. Life is too short to scrutinize a holiday that does not even come with a day off. No matter what your relationship status is, Valentine’s Day can be a great day…As long as your ex is not around.