These are only some of the passionate responses I received when asking students what they thought about Valentine’s Day.
Why do so many despise the one holiday centered completely on love?
In response, there were many who noted that they prefer to be shown love all year round. Why make it a holiday?
“I think it’s kind of ridiculous,” says Jessica Jex, “that we need to create a holiday as an obligation to express our love for each other.”
Brooke Lamb agreed, “You should show your loved ones you love them every day of the year, not one day when it’s expected.”
One girl, who preferred to remain anonymous, admitted that she’ll “spend the holiday alone, watching sappy love stories and eating chocolate.”
You brave soul. Keep pressing on!
It’s plain to see why the single folk detest this holiday.
However, there are those who find a way to cope by simply loving their friends!
Annie Broadhead optimistically shared what she likes to do on “Single’s Awareness” day: “I have a lot of single friends who say Valentine’s Day makes them feel lonely, so I like to visit them and give hugs!”
She suggests that instead of lamenting the absence of a man or a woman in your life, try focusing on others instead.
Some shared that they like to “heart-attack” their friends by covering their dorm door with paper hearts, each heart having something they love about that person written on it.
Too sappy for you? Well you can always follow Torey Mills’ example: “I like Valentine’s day because I enjoy making weird, creepy, Nicholas Cage valentines for my friends.”
Still not feeling it? Well if you really want to, one bitter respondent retorted: “If you are alone, just play solitaire. You’ll be fine.”
But seriously, don’t.
You see, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about dating or being single. It can be casual too! Yulz Moulton pointed out that it gives a great opportunity to reach out and make friends!
In the end, Gina Stelow put it best: “I like the idea of Valentine’s Day. What it is intended to be – but I do not like what it has turned into.”
What is it intended to be? Many seem to agree that we are lost in the commercialism of it all. So this year, let’s forget the commercialism. Focus on loving others!
For goodness’ sake, you could just give out candy! Many people I spoke to bemoaned their former elementary days, when they would get boxes of free candy. Candy is the door to the heart. So do it.
My point is that if you do happen to be single this year, it doesn’t have to be as tragic as we like to think it is. Spend it with your friends! Valentine’s Day should be enjoyed, not endured.