An overwhelming amount of my friends are — as they have in previous years — boycotting Valentine’s Day. Their rejection ranges from refusing to acknowledge the Hallmark holiday completely to throwing full-on “Anti-Valentine’s Day” get-togethers.
And although I am an obnoxiously mushy and love-obsessed “surprise-your-friend-with-a-cookie-for-no-reason” kind of empath during the other 364 days of the year as well, I understand.
Valentine’s Day is exclusive in numerous ways. Basically, if you aren’t a female in a monogamous heterosexual relationship, this day isn’t marketed for your enjoyment. Heterosexual men are only thrown into the equation because they’re the ones expected to spoil their girlfriends/fiancées/wives on this stupid, American marketing ploy of a holiday.
But, if you haven’t noticed, every holiday is a stupid, American marketing ploy. Easter? Yes. Halloween? Yes. Christmas? Obviously. Labor Day Weekend? Sorry, but yes.
So what gives? Did I just make this post to bum everyone out? In a cornucopia of vegetables, is Valentine’s Day the unseasoned Brussels sprout of holidays?
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to suck, because much like everything else in this world, it’s what you make of it.
If you want to invite your friends over, sip wine, and brood over how this dumb day makes you feel down, then do it.
If you want to have a low-key night with yourself, watching Netflix and eating a heart-shaped pizza, then do it.
If you want to dress to the nines and go out on a fancy dinner-date with your significant other, then do it.
If you want to do absolutely nothing to recognize this holiday, then do it.
However, if you were looking for some form of advice to make February 14th a bit more bearable, I urge you to enlist the help of the curative powers of…
P L A T O N I C ~ L O V E
It might be a bit of an oxymoron but platonic love is a real thing, a wonderful thing.
This Valentine’s Day, tell or show your friends, your parents, your grandparents, your pets, and who ever else you might care about, that you love them.
If love is too strong of a sentiment, tell them they’re special, that you admire them, or that you are thankful for the part they play in your life.
Make them feel special year-round, but love them a little extra on Valentine’s Day.
It couldn’t hurt.