There are many reasons to hate Valentine’s Day whether you are single or in a relationship. Believe it or not, there are just as many reasons to love it as well.
1. It doesn’t have to be about being in love with someone else; you can celebrate yourself too.
If you are single, you probably dread Valentine’s Day, especially if you are in high school. Quite honestly, you can be your own Valentine. It sounds incredibly cheesy, but it can work. Simply take time out for yourself. Indulge in a bubble bath, a glass of wine or two, a good book, and chocolate – whatever puts you in a good mood. Be good to yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. That applies whether you’re in a relationship or not.
2. Don’t think that you have to be super romantic on this arbitrary holiday.
If you are feeling pressure from the outside world to be romantic on this specific day, don’t pay any attention to it. If it doesn’t come from the heart, it isn’t worth spending the time or money. It is that simple. If your girlfriend of boyfriend is expecting something incredibly romantic, do something unexpected and fun instead. In order to be truly romantic, it has to be spontaneous.
3. Simple gestures of appreciation will suffice in almost any situation.
In many cases, simple gestures meant to remind your significant other that you appreciate him or her suffice on Valentine’s Day. Quite honestly, that is all that is required in most situations. I don’t think that most people expect their loved one to go all out for this particular pseudo-holiday.
4. You don’t have to celebrate it at all.
If you hate Valentine’s Day with a vengeance, simply decide not to even acknowledge it. It isn’t a federal holiday and you can easily treat it just like any other day. No one is making you celebrate the day. However, if you decide not to celebrate it, you might want to tell your significant other if you have one. You don’t want to be embarrassed when he or she has a gift for you and you have nothing in return.
5. Who needs flowers and candy?
If you are bummed out that your significant other completely forgot you on Valentine’s Day, just remember this: No one needs flowers and candy. Flowers die within a few days, a week at most. Candy may taste great, but it packs on the pounds. In today’s world, who needs that? Certainly not me.
So if you find yourself resenting the day, remember the tips above. They are truly reasons to love such a Hallmark holiday. You don’t have to feel left out or alone. That isn’t what it is all about, even if it feels like it sometimes. Life is too short to worry about appearances. Simply celebrate love; that is what it is really all about. In fact, I have a feeling that that is what life is all about.