Valentine’s Day, a day centered on all types of love.
From innocent love in school age children to premature love in couples not ready for love to be defined in their relationship, to committed love. As this day is frequently held out for weddings and marriage proposals.
For some, it’s a day of demanded love, greeting cards, flowers, candy or an expected expensive dinner. For some, it simply results in a duty that must be fulfilled.
The date, Feb 14th holds such value to some, they plan their wedding on it. (How many weddings are planned on this day to take care of the demands of Valentine’s day and the anniversary all at once?)
Why do we react to a day because it is preprinted on our calendars? Where did the day originate from? Who designated this day and decided a day should be set aside once a year, for all levels and types of love to be celebrated? And do we celebrate the day as it was intended to be celebrated?
We can search all over the internet and come up with different theories of how Valentine’s Day originated but which theory do we go with? Does it matter if we don’t know why we are celebrating?
I have read Valentine’s Day being explained to have begun as a pagan holiday then I read it to have begun due to the death of a martyr, named St Valentine. Along with being said that it isn’t clear how it began.
What is true?
Does it matter if we celebrate something that we don’t know the root of its existence?
As of right now, I do not have these answers but I do know that some people go “all out” for Valentine’s Day and some people get depressed over the idea of not having a Valentine to share the day with. While others get stressed over the possibility of not meeting someone’s expectations of the “day”.
I like to know the foundation of my actions. Am I a puppet to whoever said Feb 14th of every year will be a day that is centered on red glittery hearts, adorable teddy bears to expensive shiny diamond rings? Seriously, I don’t like the idea of reacting to something simply because it is on the calendar and having my standards of celebration set by others.
Over the years I have seen people thrilled and excited to celebrate the day and seen others get weighed down from the expectations and excessive money spent to meet someone else’s expectations.
Does your Valentine need this day to know that you love them?
What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
I have a lot of questions and would love to hear if you celebrate the day and the extent of your celebration. I would especially like to know if you are aware how the day originated. Do you allow pressure upon yourself to celebrate the day to a certain expectation or do you pressure your loved one with your expectations? And let me know what happens to those greeting cards and cute little teddy bears after you receive them. If you keep them, where do you keep them? How long do you keep them, forever or until you get another Valentine? And what do you expect your “loved one” to do with the Valentine’s that you give them?
However you celebrate, I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!