When the clock turned 12AM today I thought, “Great, how am I going to live through this treacherous day filled with cheesy couples and unnecessary commentaries from bitter singles?”
A few hours before this, I went through an emotional roller coaster where an hour I was missing being in a relationship, where another hour I was on a “screw it, single life forever” rampage, and then another hour where I starred at my Facebook feed with literally zero thoughts in my mind. I pretty much blanked out.
You know why? Because Valentine’s Day is confusing and it sucks. Because people expect things that they don’t get on a daily basis. Because people are now obligated to provide things that they don’t give on a daily basis. Because, well, because, because, because, because…
Because to be honest, there’s really nothing wrong with Valentine’s Day.
Where are you going with this?
Alright, let me explain. At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s actually really kind of a wonderful, wonderful thing.
Remember in elementary school when we were handed brown paper bags on Valentine’s Day? You and your classmates would go around passing out Valentines cards to each other. Boop, goes one in your bag. Boop, goes another in someone else’s bag. Boop. Boop. Boop. It was awesome. Everyone got something that day and the room was filled with love and tiny fulfilled hearts.
And then we grew up. And then things started changing. Our estrogen level blew up and we started letting our dicks talk. All of a sudden we started celebrating Valentine’s Day with the idea that it’s only for people with a significant other. That it’s only for people in a relationship. That it’s only for people who are dating. So much that some people even call today Single Awareness Day.
Wait, what happened?
What happened to when Valentine’s Day was about everyone getting loved? What happened to ensuring that everyone was getting a little piece of heartwarming encouragement? What happened to the kind of excitement you had for Valentine’s Day as a little kid clenching onto your brown paper bag? I guess we grew up. And I guess we forgot.
So here’s a reminder. To all the singles and all the couples, to all the moody Valentine’s downers and all the avid Valentine’s supporters:
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with everyone you love.
Your friends, the ones who are probably sitting next to you right now.
Your parents, who would die to receive a call from you expressing how much you love them.
Yourself, who honestly, should be the one you love the most.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I hope your brown paper bag gets filled.