Today is Valentine’s Day or…Extortion Day

-Jay Leno

If you’re like me, this is the time of the year when walking into any store and seeing an abundance of Valentine’s Day merchandise makes you sick.

Now before this is construed as an anti-love post, let me make it clear that I think the feeling of love is one of the best and most powerful feelings someone can have and should be cherished as well as nourished as much as possible. It’s especially crucial to do so in this day and age in which hatred and violence seem to be the prevailing factor in any and all areas of conflict.

What I am so strongly against is the commercialization of our most intimate feelings for someone. In my opinion, there shouldn’t a special, designated day in which we go out of our way to acknowledge our love for someone. If you truly love someone, romantically or even in a platonic manner, why should it be limited to one day of the year when you express that love in such a grandiose fashion?

What’s wrong in giving flowers and candy on any other day of the year? Do we really need a specific date to write a love note to someone? In fact, I would say that if there’s one good thing that comes out of Valentine’s Day for people who share my views, it’s the fact that expressing our love to someone on any other day apart from Valentine’s Day has become more special.

When presenting someone a heart-shaped candy box on a, say random day in June, their first instinct is usually to ask, “What’s the occasion?” And when you reply that there is no occasion, it makes them even happier. So in that respect, I guess Valentine’s Day has it’s advantages.

I would still argue though that the biggest advantage is only for the corporate suits who are desperate to make a buck or two on OUR feelings for someone. And that’s not right according to me.

Another disadvantage of such blatant exploitation is that it’s makes the people who are alone feel more gloomy. For them, it’s yet another reminder of the lack of that special someone in their lives. Of course, I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t display affection for someone in fear that it might hurt an outsider looking in. What I am suggesting is we shouldn’t shove it in people’s faces on one particular day.

Love is something special that anyone who receives it from someone or feels strongly enough to give it to others should be cherished every moment of our lives. We shouldn’t need a commercial on TV or a “For Sale” sign in the flower section of a store to be reminded to love and be loved. We shouldn’t need a Hallmark card to be a representative or an agent for our hearts. Expressing or cherishing love is not a job we’re auditioning and/or interviewing for. It’s lovely emotion that means a lot of different things to different people.

If you’re lucky enough to receive love in your life and in turn give it back to people, cherish that feeling every second. Express your love when your heart tells you to or when a person really needs it. Make every day in your life Valentine’s Day.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you agree with the views shared about it in this post? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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