Every year, around February 14th, something strange happens.
Everywhere you look there’s a bombardment of lovey-dovey couples, romantic gestures, and pink hearts!
People start buying chocolates and roses - and not just for their significant others.
Suddenly, everyone from your grandma to your third-grade teacher is getting a special something on Valentine's Day.
But what about those of us who are single?
Should we just sit in the corner quietly while everyone else celebrates Valentine’s Day?
So, let’s take a cynical look at this “holiday” together and see why it really isn’t just for lovers.
The Basics of Valentine's Day
To understand why so many people are celebrating Valentine's Day beyond the traditional lovey-dovey stuff, it helps to have some context about the holiday itself.
The history of the day stretches back centuries, and it wasn't until centuries later that the holiday became associated with romance.
Since then, people have been celebrating Valentine's Day in various forms across different cultures.
In its modern iteration, though, the origin story is pretty straightforward - it all started with Hallmark cards. 😃 As early as 1913, Hallmark began producing cards specifically for the occasion.
And once they got involved, other big businesses followed suit - soon enough, you had candy companies making heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and florists selling bouquets of roses for two prices - the regular price and the “Valentine’s Price."
But What About Non-Lovers?
At its core, Valentine's Day is really just an excuse to show people how much they mean to us in whatever way we choose.
Sure, it might have started out as a celebration of romance between couples but today it stands for so much more than that!
If anything, Valentine's Day has become somewhat of a unifier; it serves as an excuse to recognize our relationships with anyone we care about - significant other or not!
There are plenty of ways to express your love without being in a romantic relationship.
You can send cards or gifts to friends, family members, coworkers - even pets! It's all about spreading love and friendship in any way you can.
After all, who says you have to show your appreciation only through one type of relationship?
There are lots of different kinds of relationships in our lives - why not celebrate them all on Valentine’s Day?
And lastly, let's not forget about self-love!
Valentine's Day is also a great opportunity to show yourself some appreciation by doing something special for yourself.
Take yourself out on a date (movies count!), treat yourself to something nice (yes, chocolate counts!), or simply take some time off to relax and recharge - whatever makes you feel loved and appreciated is worth taking part in on Valentine's Day!
So don't worry if you're single this Valentine's Day - there are still plenty of ways to enjoy it!
Whether you're celebrating with friends, family members, pets or simply taking some time for yourself - it doesn't matter how you choose to spend it as long as you're happy doing so.
So go ahead and buy that box of chocolates for your platonic BFF or send a card to your cousin who lives across the country - on Valentine’s Day (of all days!) don't forget that love comes in many shapes and sizes!
Spread love any way you can this February 14th - after all, that's what Valentine's Day is really all about!