Down with Valentines

March 2, 2009

valentineOk, so I know that this post isn’t seasonally up-to-date but it’s something I’ve been thinking about over the past few days, so I’m going to post it anyway.

I dislike Valentine’s Day.  Full stop.

Perhaps it’s because I’m single at the moment, but I don’t think that’s the complete reason.  I dislike the way that it makes me feel, the presumption that everyone is in love, that everyone has someone special to share the day with, that everybody just wants to share the love.

In reality it’s not like that, is it?  The media informs us that more and more people are getting divorced, that marriages and relationships are failing.  You can even get divorced online!  I know of a number of people who have broken up from long term relationships in the past few months.  Other people have lost their loved ones or perhaps some people have never found that person that completes them, or worse still they have found them, but they’re with someone else.

So coming back to Valentine’s Day, well it’s the whole creation of a day, a day when we’re told how we’re supposed to feel, what we’re supposed to do.  I’m sorry, but I just don’t go along with that.  I cant.  Maybe we’ve moved away from the original idea of the whole thing.  Nowadays it’s a little bit like it’s a day we have to make.  It reminds me of new year resolutions but I’ve already written about how I dont agree with that concept either.  Freewill should mean that we’re not conditioned to do certain things when we’re told to, that we don’t have to follow the crowd like sheep.

I was however, touched to hear that one of my relatives sent a valentine’s day card to her sister, who was bereaved a few years ago.  It was such a kind thing to do, such a loving gesture to help her to get through what was probably a very difficult day for her.  Maybe we should all take a leaf out of her book, do away with the commercialism that surrounds us on all of these occasions and just go back to the simple things in life?


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