Whenever this time of year rolls around, everything looks like a huge vat of Pepto-Bismol has exploded and covered everything in sight. It makes me want to blindfold myself, hurl and drink excessively.
Anyone not living in a cave knows that Valentine’s Day is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by going out to blow a wad of cash on some flowers that have recently had their prices jacked, take your girlfriend/boyfriend/whatever out for an overpriced meal, or even go all out for some fine piece of jewelry that you won’t pay off until it’s time for Christmas, right? Wrong.
Valentine’s Day is just another Hallmark Holiday, friend. That is, it is a completely fabricated commercial event. There’s no denying this. There are no real traditional or secular aspects to the day itself – other than those that are purposely incorporated into it.
I truly believe that you don’t need some greeting card (or any) company to tell you when you should display your feelings of love or affection for that certain special someone. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe that if you are truly, madly, or deeply in love, you should show it every day, not just on a day that someone else has arbitrarily picked for you. If that’s what you want, more power to ya, lil lemming. I’ll be watching from the sidelines, having a few brews and watching you pull your hair out.
Trust me when I say that if you can change the way you think about this “holiday” and put it into practice, you’ll find yourself in better spirits, less-stressed, more cash in your pocket, and still have love in your life – (as long as s/he agrees and thinks this way also).
If you are absolutely driven to focus all your emotion and attention on a single day, find a day of your mutual choosing and go to it. It will be that much more special!