Once a year Valentine’s day comes around and there’s huge pressure for those who celebrate it. Singles feel sad or desperate, boyfriends and husbands are expected to make sure that they remember their significant other with expensive gifts and large gestures, flowers cost the earth, even children at school who don’t receive a valentine’s card feel lost and alone. People have expectations about how romantic the day is going to be and then are often disappointed by the displays received and are sometimes even devastated when their partner forgets. Fights ensue.
Yes of course people should celebrate the love they have for each other and if you love Valentine’s day you are going to hate this article. Historically it doesn’t have very savoury or romantic beginnings (google it) but has been marketed to become a money making bonanza.
One of my pet peeves is the way Valentine’s Day is marketed. Everything is Red and Black. I mean what is that? If you walk past any shop there is bound to be a display of red or black lingerie or red chocolates or red mugs with “be my Valentine” printed on them. Yes, red is traditionally the colour of love or hearts but is it not possible to have cutsie pajamas with a lovey-dovey message in a pretty blue? It’s not advertised as love, it’s actually advertised as sex.
If you love your significant other then neither of you should be waiting for the 14th of February to display your love for one another. Relationships need to be constantly nurtured. Almost every day couples need to respect each other, think of how the other one feels before they speak or act, give their partner a treat (like rub their shoulders or bring them a cup of coffee), say words of love, give positive touch, appreciate one another, look into each other’s eyes, talk.
People get caught up in the busyness of every day life and these days technology adds to the problem. People are on their phones a lot and so extra effort needs to be made to bring each other together, to put those phones down, to switch off the tv or close the laptop and talk to each other.
Valentine’s day is just a day on a calendar. Buy your partner some chocolates or flowers this week. Shake it up a little. Both men and women need to be treated and feel appreciated. Try and have a date every week – it doesn’t have to be expensive and can even be at home. If you are single do something fabulous for yourself… often, not just once a year.
You are worthy of receiving (and giving) love the whole year round.