You know the one I mean.
The one that encourages people no matter what their marital status to take part in some form of ritual every year in the name of L-O-V-E, Valentines.
For some it is one of the most dreadful days of the year, for example, if you’re a singleton, you’ve been ditched or you just plain hate marketing. For others, it’s a day for couples to do something a little different or celebrate your relationship with yourself and friends. I sit firmly in the latter of the two, not really surprising to most of you.
You see, I’ve had my fair share of rubbish on Valentines. For a start, I’ve been dumped on the 14th February and that really isn’t a nice thing to do. I can remember walking around the mall with my mum and looking at couples sharing a Shakeaway or going to the cinema to take in the latest romantic flick. It hurt. All I wanted to do was curl up in my duvet, listen to ‘our’ song and cry a little (ok, a lot). So, really, I should have every reason in the world to dread and hate this day. But I don’t – I believe it to be a force for good.
I know that it’s probably just a marketing ploy to get us to spend millions on cards, chocolates and roses. I also get that this is why a lot of people dislike it but if we were honest with ourselves, how often do we spend actually making the most of our other halves or even enjoying our own company. Every day life can be a bit of a hamster wheel; you get ready for work, you go to work, you come home, relax a little, then you sleep until the next day. When is there really time in our ultra-modern, ‘always on’ lives to truly appreciate ourselves and others?
I absolutely believe that Valentines is a lovely reason to do something a little different, break the monotony and enjoy ourselves. So, here’s a few ideas off the top of my head to get you thinking about it this year:
As for me, Green Ranger and I are going down to Brighton to rent a couple of bikes and go to one of our favourite restaurants, Hen, in the evening. But if I were single, then I’d totally have a party with big ol’ pink helium heart-shaped balloons and lots of cocktails.
After all, Valentines doesn’t have to be spent with an other half after all, you can celebrate whomever you love. Perfect!
What do you think – do you celebrate it or ignore its existence every year? Do you have plans?