Love is in the air…

Ok so we know the date February 14th every single (no pun intended) year is called Valentine’s Day. According to our superior on-line encyclopedia (WIKI):

“The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). The holiday first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards, and Valentine’s Day has become the second-largest greeting card-sending holiday in the United States, behind only Christmas.”

Valentine is not for everyone

So what about those of us who are not involved romantically in the traditional sense? What do they do on Feb 14th? Words such as “cringe”, “hide”, “sabotage” and “rebel” are to be heard across the country. They rush past the shop windows full of romantic paraphernalia. They attempt to ignore the influx of flowers and over sized cards coming through reception at work. They turn off the radio in the car blaring out the classic romantics. They jeer in the petrol station at the unfortunate victims of forgetfulness who purchase the last limp flowers and sagging chocolates as they dash home to get changed for dinner.

Is the only other option to rebel? Organise a “singles night”? Defiantly go out with a bunch of the guys / girls to prove it’s not all just about romance? It seems there is just no place for those not involved in romance! Well maybe there isn’t J, just maybe it’s one of those days, like any other celebratory day, to be left to those who feel like celebrating.

Practically every day in the year is a day of celebration of some kind. But we mostly don’t know about it unless it directly affects us. For example, Mother’s Day – for mothers. Father’s Day – for fathers. Work/Life Balance Day – only for those who work AND have a life? Earth Day is not for everyone, neither is Independence Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cancer Day etc etc.

So here is a suggestion – leave the romance to the romantics involved! Do something else, or do nothing unusual. Valentine’s Day is not a compulsory celebration – if you have nothing to celebrate, then carry on. However, it is a day where we can use the opportunity to show appreciation for ones we love. That includes siblings, friends, best friends, colleagues, aunts and uncles, Godparents, pets and many more. There is always someone to be grateful to for something. Valentine’s Day is about love – let us express that love and appreciation for some person, animal, or entity. Let us simply practice gratitude for the universe. Let us simply demonstrate solidarity for a recent event or crisis. Or just have a normal day, and enjoy it.