I feel as though there’s a misconception that you have to be in a relationship for the holiday to mean anything. However Valentine’s Day isn’t some exclusive club that you have to be part of a couple to be participate. Anyone can celebrate for any reason.
If you’re in a relationship, why not spend the day with your significant other? If you’re single, why not live it up and spend the day with your other single buddies? If you’re young and still in school, why not send out cards to your classmates just to let them know you care. It’s really a day all about the small things for the people that take up the most room in your heart.
The day itself comes from the Christian Saint Day for Saint Valentine which was marked on February 14. Valentine was a religious martyr who was arrested by Emperor Claudius Gothicus of Rome for marrying Christian couples in addition to helping them in a time of great persecution. His aid towards those in love and his noble sacrifice is what inspired the tradition of love shown on his day.
But love and sacrifice are not equivalent to spending money. I speak from the heart when I say I genuinely want nothing but love on Valentine’s Day, and I know I’m not alone. I don’t need someone to buy me fancy jewelry or take me on an expensive dinner date. That stuff isn’t necessary. What is necessary is sharing the feeling of love for all those who touch your heart throughout the year.
I strongly think the moral of this holiday should be harnessed all year round and we should let this day stand as a reminder to always tell our loved ones how we feel about them. We should never forget to live by the motto: If you feel the love, show the love.