STORY BY SARAH GROSSMAN
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I’m single and not so ready to mingle.
For some, this may be a cause for disgruntlement, depression or despair, but for me, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate how much I love to love.
For years, I’ve used Valentine’s Day as the perfect opportunity to hand out chocolate and feed my love of making people happy.
It’s also a great chance to dive into my punny side with chocolate kisses and hugs. It’s completely immature and silly, but hey, I love it.
So, I’m sorry to you lovely ladies (and gents) who want an excuse to wallow in self-pity, and by all means, please wallow, but Valentine’s Day isn’t simply an excuse to “get laid,” it’s also an excuse to tell your friends, your family and just about anyone else how much you love them and care for them.
It’s an opportunity for 20 seconds of courage (if you miss this reference, “We Bought a Zoo” might be something for you to check out) or to hang out with your closest friends and bond over your single status.
Ten years from now, most of you will be married and maybe even have little ones to dish out even more love to.
If you happen to want someone special on Valentine’s Day, as a friend, pick someone to make the day special with.
One of my closest friends is sending me love notes daily leading up to Valentine’s Day.
It’s simple, but it makes this entire month worthy of laughs and happiness, not just one day.
So why do we celebrate this day? Well, historically, this is a holy day to celebrate St. Valentine, who no one is really sure whether he was one or multiple men and what exactly he did (welcome to Catholicism).
Apparently, this day became associated with love around the 14th century when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote “Parliament of Foules.”
There is little to no outside explanation beyond this how St. Valentine became synonymous with love and all things romance, but he did.
So, although this day is based after an obscure historical figure (or figures), I wish everyone were a little happier and a little more loving this time of year.
But I realize that is a very naive and highly wishful thought.
Love is hard for some people, and sincerity is even more difficult. Take it as an opportunity to practice.
Maybe I’m slightly strange in my opinion of this celebration of love: familial, platonic, romantic and other, but I think it’s under appreciated.
Yes, Valentine’s Day is completely over commercialized, and it has lost a lot of its integrity over the years.
But really, it is whatever you make it. You can celebrate, or wallow, but that’s up to you.
Me? I’m going to throw chocolate kisses at people.