I love love, and I love giving gifts. Enter Valentine’s Day: a perfect combination of the two. There is a lot of ambivalence towards this day, with many boycotting the day saying that you shouldn’t pick one day of the year to show and/or tell someone that you love them. In response to this, I say that we don’t have to idolise those that purchase a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates for their significant other/bestfriend/mum, but we also don’t have to diminish that and say that those people are lazy for choosing to do it today rather than any other day.
Every year since we have been together, my boyfriend and I have gotten each other a card and a little gift for Valentine’s Day. It’s not because we can’t be bothered to do this on any other given day, but because why not appreciate and revel in a day dedicated to love. On other random days throughout the year, we do nice things for each other and sometimes surprise each other with a gift. These gestures don’t mean any less because it’s not on Valentine’s Day, but it’s just more private and personal. Valentine’s Day is special because it is for everyone, whether we be single, in a relationship, rich in love with friendships, or our careers, everyone can feel loved and share the love on Valentine’s Day.
Rather than making fun of those that choose to celebrate this day as it is intended, why not see that Instragram post of a bunch of red roses and think, “I’m so happy they are loved”.
Spread the love, my friends.
“I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”
– Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina