Much Ado About the Valentine's

A few days ago, while Jan and I were having some hot chocolates at McDonald's, we had a conversation that went like this:

Jan: *while browsing facebook, he saw one post from his friend* Unsa diay ang naa sa valentine's? (What's the big deal about valentine's?)
Me: *shrugs* Hapit na man diay valentine's. (Didn't notice valentine's is coming)
Jan: Sa atoa kay valentine's man pirmi. (Well, for us it is always valentine's)

I just nodded in approval and gave out a meek smile. But deep inside, I was grinning from ear to ear and my heart was already melting. Ayeee. Haha. (Not the exact words though. And I know I suck at translating one dialect to another. But it doesn't take a genius to get the message.)

Everyday is indeed Valentine's day with him. I know it sounds corny and cheesy, but honestly, looking forward and marking February 14 special among any other dates doesn't change anything. I am no longer a huge advocate of celebrating month-anniversaries (monthsary as what they call it here), let alone Valentine's day, because everyday can be treated just equally special.


Just this week, I have been asked quite a lot of times if Jan and I have plans on Valentine's. Well, there's none that I know of because first of all, I would like to think we're broke. Haha. Second, I might be working on that day. Besides, we can just celebrate Valentine's the next day or the day after the next, or whenever we feel like it.

Valentine's Day plans
I have nothing against Valentine's Day. I don't care if people celebrate it or not. Valentine's has always been there and will always be there. But what really irks me the most is the tenfold hype surrounding Valentine's. With the dawn of the social media, I could not be the only one who would say that there's much ado about the Valentine's.

With the over-commercialization of Valentine's Day, this day is no longer dedicated for love but for flower shops, jewelers, chocolate factories, and fancy restaurants that exploit the season by marking up their prices yet still make a lot of sales from clueless people who chose to express their love to their partners once a year. A day when girls drown in mush with all those heart-shaped balloons, gigantic bouquet of flowers, and mass-produced romantic cards everywhere leaving men empty-handed. While the singles? Well, seems like society has apparently made it clear that this day isn't made for them. They can now go and shoot themselves. Kidding. Just kidding.

Valentine's day is just another day (at least, that's how I see it or I guess, the eagerness to anticipate Valentine's dwindles as age progresses). This is to say that you don't celebrate Valentine's because you have to, just because everyone else does. Or worse, just because you want to instagram that sh*t. You celebrate because you love. This day is not just for couples but for everyone capable of loving. You can celebrate it by yourself, with your mother, your dad, your sons and daughters, a sibling, best friend, your friends, office mates, a charitable institution, or with the Big Guy up there. You can also choose not to celebrate this day. Heck, you can even celebrate Valentine's any time of the year. Don't make February 14 a reason to sulk and feel bad just because you have no one to share it with or because your boyfriend didn't get you anything special for that day. What I'm trying to say is, Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be a big deal. Because it never was to begin with and it never should have been.

I don't really see the point of putting too much pressure on yourself (and on your wallet) just to make this one day different. Not that I'm saying there's something wrong with it. But I think there's not enough reason not to celebrate love every single day. If you want to express your love, why not do it everyday? No matter how ordinary it may seem, the simplest gestures or the sweet things you do without occasion are, after all, the GENUINE ones. And I believe that's what matters most. :)
A simple act of love from the boyfriend who's so willing to scour shelf after shelf and skim a thousand of books for me just to look for what seems to be impossible to find. ♥♥♥

Anyway, as much as I don't really celebrate the Valentine's Day, I'm sending out some love. So to everyone, always remember, you are loved. Happy Valentine's Day! Have a good one. :)

5 comments

  1. A-men to that. You nailed it. Valentine's is really overrated.

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    1. Overrated, yes. I should have mentioned that. But I think I already did an overkill stating how overrated Valentine's is, didn't I?

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  2. I couldn't agree more. Nice!

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  3. did you know that i was so down because i have to work on a valentines i even have to google working on valentines and good thing i came here. thank you i guess your right about this. my girlfriend and me can just celebrate it on other days.

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    1. Hello. I didn't expect this. But I'm glad my post was, in a way, able to help. I hope you have a good valentine's with your girlfriend. Thanks for dropping by. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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