Valentine’s Day: Love It: Single

Maisie Roberson, Reporter

Valentine’s Day is about more than just romance. It’s a day set aside to celebrate all of the kinds of love you encounter as you go through life. While there has been massive commercialization of the holiday, that’s a side affect of any holiday that is largely celebrated. This doesn’t mean that Valentine’s Day needs to be, or even should be, about monetary displays of affection. Whether your Valentine’s Day is going to be focused around romantic love, familial love, the love that comes from friendship, or the love you have for yourself, do something that shows you care about the people in your life. Spend time with the people you care about, give handmade cards, leave anonymous love letters, and share quotes about love. Make dinner for your family, invite friends over, have a picnic if the weather is nice. Dress in reds and pinks and whites and smile. Take an extra second to do something kind for someone. Love yourself and put you first for a moment. Take the time to paint your nails if that’s something you’ve been wanting to do but putting off, or visit your favorite coffee shop and take the time to enjoy your favorite treat, or watch the movie you’ve been wanting to see. Allow love into your life in all it’s forms and multiply it by giving it back. You can never run out of love. The more you give to others the more you receive. It only takes a second to smile, express gratitude, voice a compliment, or open a door for someone, and yet all of these actions can brighten someone’s day. Valentine’s Day should be celebrated not as the only day to show love, but as a reminder that love is all around us. It’s a day to reinforce our love for others and for ourselves.