I hate Valentine’s Day

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And so do I Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Children’s Day, Teacher’s Day, Day of Forests, Earth’s Day, Comic Book Day, Stuttering Awareness Day, Hunting and Fishing Day and ultimately Christmas Day, of course. You get the picture. Or do I really?

I know many people do and maybe not for the right reasons. I think that the thought in itself is praiseworthy. However, it’s often what people make of it that turns an established day into something cheesy and annoying.

On the other hand, isn’t it how we function in society? We need given rules, establishments, borders, and constant reminders in order to get on. These days are just part of this system. They are what you make out of them – obligatory celebration of love? Damn, if I don’t get a rose for my babe, she’s gonna kill me. If I get her a rose on Valentine’s Day, then it’s obvious I bought it just because it’s Valentine’s Day. And here comes a free ride on the You-never-buy-me-flowers-just-to-show-affection carousel. What started as a nice thought ends up in a fight about who was the first to forget about the other and never does this or that.

It’s undoubtedly a business deal. And a very good, successful, and smoothly running one. It’s popping at us at every corner and every display window. So if you could make money, wouldn’t you? If you had money to spend and knew it would bring peace and quiet at home wouldn’t you spend it? We are prone to yield to adverts and peer pressure. All credit to those who remain immune and just do as they please.

So did you buy her the freaking flower? Did you get the goddamn pricey pralines for him? Or were you home alone watching rom-coms and sulking over your misery of another lonely Valentine’s Day? All in all, what I’m trying to say is, that there’s no good in hating something just because it became overly commercialised and popular among people. You could just as well keep hating your own birthday, right? After all, it’s not the Day’s “fault” that people are making inadequate fuss about it. It just does its job at remembering certain things in our lives that tend to sink into oblivion or are generally worth talking about around the globe. They are society’s sticky notes and reminders. Admittedly, some are way too big, shiny and obtrusive, but at the end of the day, it’s up to our personal decision how we celebrate them or ignore them.

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