Girl and man huggingAh, Valentine's Day. The
one day a year where you have the chance to
love and cherish your signiﬁcant other. ...Does
that sound right? Not necessarily.!
You have the whole year round to express and
experience love and affection toward your
family, your friends, and your signiﬁcant other, if
you are in fact a person who currently has one.!
Saying as much, I will make another point. For
many, Valentine's Day can become surrounded
and permeated with a theme of stress. It makes
total sense. There are many ways in which the
situation can seem stressful. On the one hand,
there's the obvious: you might not have a signiﬁcant other. If you don't, and have been looking,
you might not have been able to ﬁnd a signiﬁcant other to share this day with.!
On the other hand, those who do have a signiﬁcant other may still be overwhelmed with the Girl
and man huggingoncoming stress in trying to outperform their partner's expectations. Or simply
with the preoccupation that comes with the job of doing so.!
All in all there is a great need, pomp, and importance attributed to Valentine's Day through a
means of talking it up in commercials, company promotions, competitive displays of affection
(as long as these things come from the heart, all is well and good in the world. What could after
all be better then a competition to show affection, should the affection be true, felt, and earnestly
invested in the positive feelings of another person.).!
And beyond that, there is the sense that the mere compulsion arising from the holiday causing
more trouble than its worth. So, I'd like to pose the question: is Valentine's Day actually a
healthy holiday? Is the day focussed around showing appreciation really a positive choice in the
life of each individual who seeks to or does not seek to participate in it. Is V Day actually good
for our hearts?!
As with anything, one must put to question his most important values. If you're like I am, this
comes with giving priority to the ones you love. Such being said, Valentine's Day should simply
be an extension or a piece and punctuation of the love you focus on giving and receiving
Remember that if you see such a holiday through the right perspective, you'll remember what is
important, and hopefully, for your heart, be able to remember that its not about impressing
anyone, or keeping up with the Jones', but remaining true and earnest with the affection you
mean for the one you love.