Why It’s Okay to Love Valentine’s Day

The stores are decking the halls again -- except this time, it's with varying shades of red and pink. With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, there seems to have been a cultural shift in the general opinion on this holiday of love. Hearts and cupids line the aisles and romance is in the air, yet the inevitable emotions of awkwardness, hatred and pure disgust do not go unnoticed. Recently, there has been a movement to hate Valentine’s Day and the forced romance, gestures of affection and commercialism of the entire affair.

But here’s the thing: I like Valentine’s Day. Actually, I love Valentine’s Day and I don’t think there should be any shame in that. I see nothing wrong with celebrating love on a day that the calendar designates. Plus, how can anyone say they don’t love those candy conversation hearts that are a trademark of the occasion?

Now, I understand a majority of this hatred spawns from many of those who will be spending Valentine’s Day without a significant other. Coming from someone who has been single more times than I have had a date on past Valentine's Days, I say from experiences that this is no reason to take these negative emotions out on the holiday.

Use the day to remind those you love that you care for them. Surround yourself with your closest girlfriends and be thankful to have them in your life. Make sure to call your mom to tell her just how great of a mom she is. Even use the holiday to give your favorite pup a little more attention. Valentine’s Day is not a holiday just for couples. It’s a holiday to celebrate the ones we love, whomever they may be.

Yes, it may be near to impossible to avoid the truly cheesy couples; but, there is something you can do to get the most out of this beautiful day. Instead of being a jealous onlooker rolling your eyes at others’ happiness, focus on what you love, what makes you happy and the fact that you have that love and happiness in your life. Have a very happy Valentine’s Day, collegiettes. I love you all!

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