Single students should not waste their time bashing Valentine’s Day—Bobcats should either find the fun in the holiday or just ignore it completely.
Once February rolls around, couples and heart-shaped balloons seem to pop up everywhere. Unfortunately, for those students not currently in relationships, February can feel more like Singles Awareness Month than anything else. There have been many times I have looked at a pair of lovers in disgust and muttered harshly under my breath. After my little pity party passes, however, I always try to look at the positives that Valentine’s Day brings instead of being a bitter Betty.
While Valentine’s Day is not for everyone, it is a very popular holiday and there is no escaping it. Instead of getting caught up in negativity and making spiteful comments all month, students should just try to let go and have fun.
One of the common complaints against Valentine’s Day is that it is a made-up holiday created by card and candy companies and is over-commercialized, muddying the true, unmaterialistic nature of love. While the origins of Valentine’s Day run deeper than that, over time the meaning and traditions surrounding the holiday have changed into something disgustingly sweet and fluffy. How the holiday came to be should not be a reason for people to hate it. If stores want to plaster everything with different shades of red and pink and have heart-shaped balloons floating around everywhere, just let them be.
While some may feel the commercialized event puts a price tag on love, students should remember that Valentine’s Day is an optional holiday, and they do not have to participate in it.
If people do not like the pressure to buy their loved ones gifts, they do not have to be a part of the holiday. Once again, it is just a fun day for couples and those who want to participate. It is just another excuse for people to do something special for those they love. People against the holiday should just get over it and let the couples do what they want.
And although Valentine’s is usually seen as a couples’ holiday, this does not always have to be the case. Valentine’s Day can also be a chance to have fun with friends, and family and take advantage of the discounted chocolate and holiday-themed meals such as heart-shaped pancakes. The holiday is really just a chance for students to show their appreciation to those they care about, not only their significant others. It is ultimately harmless and brings joy to many every year.
Valentine’s Day is not going anywhere, and people should just get used to it. This holiday only happens once a year, and people can either embrace it or ignore it rather than ruining the day for everyone else.