COLUMN: Embracing Valentine's Day

I can remember the good ol' days, when I would make exactly 30 Valentines for my entire class but make sure to add a special sparkle and one or two more hearts to a specific one. That one being none other than my personal Valentine, whom I secretly admired.

Valentine’s Day is a day to show affection, and why not cherish this opportunity? Yes, you can love your significant other every other day of the year, but who doesn’t want to add an extra heart here and there?

I am well aware this is the type of holiday where you either find it to be completely overrated or you value it. Some don’t even think it should be accepted as a holiday. I, for one, think it is a valuable day; it is a day to say, "I love you," and if that isn’t something to value, then I don’t know what is.

Love is something that should not be taken for granted, so why not celebrate this on Valentine's Day? Plus, to be quite honest, what girl doesn’t want flowers, chocolate, dinner and, if you’re really lucky … jewelry! I know that I wouldn't mind a dozen roses, dark chocolates, a dinner for two and a nice new heart necklace.

I can understand how one might not enjoy this holiday as much as others, especially if they do not have someone to spend it with … but I’m sure we all have a relationship now, or will one day. Rather than dread the holiday as a whole, just have a little bit of hope, because who knows what future Valentine's Days have to hold for you.

Besides, even if you aren’t officially with someone, this day is the perfect time to tell someone how you really feel about them. It’s a chance to pronounce your feelings to your secret admirer and might be the start of something new. Don’t let the fact that you do not have a boyfriend or girlfriend stop you from wearing a pink shirt. Embrace it, because you never know what Valentine's Day has in store for you.

Throughout our lives, the activities we partake in on Valentine's Day sure have evolved; we have gone from making Valentines for an entire class to getting ready for a special night out.

Despite changes, the holiday's meaning has remained the same. Valentine's Day is a holiday that brings unity and love between two people.


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