'To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.'
It feels like Valentine's Day has been on overdrive this year, right up until Friday evening I was getting Valentines related emails; 'order by 10pm and get your last minute gifts delivered first thing tomorrow, FREE.' 'No valentine this year? Treat yourself with 20% off!' It was a constant stream of sales tactics that quite frankly put me off wanting to buy anything. If you are buying gifts and you haven't got one by Friday evening I think it's time to give up and be honest...you forgot!
Now I have a boyfriend, I have mentioned him before, and we have been together for 6 years (in May) and whilst we don't hate Valentine's Day we have our own way of doing it and this is what I realised this year. I have seen so many people, single or taken, commenting about how commercial Valentine's Day is and how you don't need just one day to show you love you someone, yet those people, mainly the taken ones, are actually doing something to mark the day. Whether you believe in it, love it, hate it, I bet you did something or there was some mention of the day.
That is the powerful thing of commercialism without you meaning to and despite your best efforts not to you will fall into its trap and there is nothing wrong with that! There is nothing wrong with secretly hoping, I won't tell anyone. Every year myself and Dan buy cards for each other but say no gifts, this year I received these beautiful flowers and some Lindt chocolates. They were a lovely surprise and I am the first to admit I was delighted; hey what's a girl to do in these situations? We then spent the day lounging in bed, watching film after film, followed by a takeaway and more films. For two people who have no time this was idyllic. Valentine's Day provided us with the perfect excuse to do nothing and not feel guilty about it, we were celebrating!
I suppose after that ramble, I promise I didn't plan to do this I sat down and it all just sort of came out, my point is; if you love the day, fantastic, make the most of it, flowers, balloons, champagne, chocolates, a nice meal, it only comes around once a year after all. If you 'hate' the day embrace it for what it represents (without all the gifts and gimmicks), showering your loved ones with, well, love, whether that's your partner, friends or family. Use this day as a reminder to give a little bit of love to those closest to you...starting with yourself.
I hope you all had a lovely Saturday whatever you did!