Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, when did that happen? I’m still trying to process that it’s 2015. I read a meme the other day that said we are now the same length of time away from 2030 than we are from 2000. That blew my mind because I distinctively remember the new millennium and 2030 just seems so far into the future.
Anyways, back to Valentine’s Day. I love Valentine’s Day because it’s a celebration of love. I hate that there’s a stigma around the day, because why shouldn’t we celebrate love? Here is a post from an old blog of mine that really hits the nail on the head expressing how I feel about this holiday (obviously, I’m the one who wrote it):
I’ve recently realized that when people say “Valentine’s Day is a stupid holiday” or “We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day,” it really irks me. I understand that you should show your love for people every day, and believe me I support that, but that’s true for many other holidays. We have a holiday for mothers and fathers, even though we should celebrate them every day. We have a holiday remembering those who served our country, even though we should remember them every day. We have birthdays even though we should celebrate life every day. We have a holiday for giving thanks, even though we should definitely be giving it daily.
So why are people so opposed to celebrating love? It’s one of the most important components of life, however so many people are against actively celebrating it. This doesn’t mean that you need to celebrate with your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife. There should be so many people you love, whether it be your family, your friends, your co-workers, or yourself. There are so many people that you can make feel loved, however everyone just focuses on the Hallmark aspect of the holiday filled with cute teddy bears and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate.
Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about getting the biggest bear or the most chocolate. It should be about making a person you love (or all the people you love) feel special. It should be about saying an extra “I love you” or giving a prolonged hug. It should be about reconnecting with someone you miss. It should be about cooking a homemade dinner and spending quality time together without the hustles and bustles of your regular schedule. It should be about postponing your to-do list in order to sit down with someone who means so much to you. It should be about writing a meaningful letter to someone important just to let them know you’re thinking about them.
There’s so many things that this holiday is about, but sadly that has been lost in translation. A holiday that should be centered around celebrating your love for the world around you and the people around you has been manufactured as cheesy or “stupid.” When really, genuine love is neither of those things. It’s beautiful, and it should be spread. Because I know when someone tells me they love me, it means the world, and I think that’s something that should be celebrated.
I received a valentine’s card today from the children of the Salvation Army saying “Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for your service and may God bless you!” It was signed by one of the homeless children whose lives I try so hard to improve. To me, this is a symbol of what the holiday should be about: changing someone’s day and adding an extra smile. It made me feel loved and it made me feel appreciated and there are arguably no greater feelings than those two.
I hope everyone makes someone else feel special today. Anyone. It could be a stranger or someone very close to you. Spread love. Make someone smile. Do a random act of kindness. Leave a love note for your boyfriend, call your parents, visit a children’s shelter and spend time with them, or visit a nursing home and play games. It doesn’t matter what you do, just make someone’s day better.
I hope you all keep that lesson in mind for the upcoming day. And in honor of my love for this holiday, I’ve created a free gift for you! See, I’m spreading the love already You can download the adorable Valentine’s Day printable that you see below, here.