I need to talk about Valentine’s Day because:
I really don’t believe in celebrating a “Hallmark” holiday;
I didn’t twice about it until my partner mentioned it quite a few times in the last three days; and
I forgot what day it was today until I looked at the calendar on my phone this morning.
Valentine’s Day is a nonsense holiday designed to create social and romantic anxiety for women and men to buy stuff. Women without a partner get a little self-conscious around this day and men spend impulsively at last-minute purchases. All that work and all that stress was designed by retailers with consumerism in mind: “Show him you love him by getting this super expensive electronic” or “She will love you more if you get her the latest Apple Watch” … right.
Love is more than red and pink. It also can happen more than one day a year. Wait, we can celebrate love on other days? Yes! And we should do just that, tell the people we love in the world that we love them today, tomorrow and every day after. Do it every damn day of the year!
Anyway, one good thing comes out of all this red and pink ruckus, which is snatching some half-priced chocolates and other goodies on the 15th. Game on!