Yes, yes, it’s a commercialized holiday, as most holidays are. Yes, yes, sometimes, or most of the time, or maybe even all of the time it feels like it’s a holiday that has been created by the greeting card companies just to have an excuse to sell us more stuff. To make us feel obligated to spend money on flowers, chocolates, and a fancy dinner and be overly sentimental and romantic for fear of punishment by a night on the couch and accusations of being a significate other and to make single people feel all the more alone and crummier.
But here’s the thing: while it seems silly that we need an entire holiday to make us stop and appreciate our significate others, to tell them that we love them, to do something special for them, would it be so horrible to actually do something on Valentine’s Day? You don’t have to give in to the machine, you don’t have to make a romantic spectacle out of it and frankly I could live without the pink and red Valentine’s Day decorations that sprout up everywhere come February 14th, making everything look like the inside of a womb, but hey, who doesn’t like getting sent some flowers or a box of candy or a simple card or just being told, “Hey, you’re pretty cool, I like you and thanks for being in my life”? While Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, has been completely commercialized and might leave a bad taste in our mouths, at least gives us an excuse to slow down for a moment, take a look around, let others know they are loved and know that you are loved as well.