February 14th, the day St. Valentine declared a day of love. A day where Cupid comes out from his yearly hiding and aims his arrow at someone’s heart so they fall in love. Where they then spend a tremendous amount of money on cards, candy, jewelry, and big fluffy stuffed animals. It’s a day where we show our appreciation to the one we love. But why only February 14th?
It’s great that we have a day dedicated to showing the one we love that we care by going above and beyond, but shouldn’t we celebrate our love 365 days (366 on Leap Years) a year? Now this doesn’t mean you have to go buy them a heart shaped box of assorted chocolates and a bag of chalky candy hearts that say “Be Mine” on them every day. But we should always take the opportunity to express our love every chance we get. Think beyond the cliche Valentine gifts, and show them how special they are.
Another common misconception is that Valentines day is only for those in romantic relationships. When really it’s a day to show everyone we love just how much they mean to us. It might be a little awkward if you send them all a dozen roses and heart-shaped chocolates, but you can find your own way to show them how much you care. Valentines Day is meant for love in all different kinds of relationships, so everyone should celebrate!
How will you celebrate Valentines Day this year? And how will you show those who love how much they mean to you?