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“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake – it’s everything except what it is.” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
Every February 14th, around the world, flowers, gifts and cards are exchanged, all in the name of St. Valentine. When you think about it, it is such a wonderful tradition. A day to recognise the love we have in the world, and something positive amongst all the bad we hear of and endure every single day. However, I like to see it as much more of a day to appreciate all the love we have in our lives, rather than just the love we have for our partners. For as long as I can remember, my grandma has always sent me a valentines card with a big question mark, still refusing to give up that it was her. So, what I have always remembered about this day, is the love I also have for my family, as well as my romantic love. I love the cheesy, cliché gestures that are involved with this day, but I do think we all need to remember that it can be about spreading love in general rather than just containing it between two people.
Did you know, approximately 150 million Valentines cards are exchanged each year on February 14th, making it the second most popular card giving day after Christmas?
So how exactly do we ensure everyone in our lives feels loved? Well, firstly, everyone appreciates a card. It involves minimal cost and minimal effort, however can lift someone’s mood as they know you have thought of them. Let’s send everyone we love this year a card to remind them of just how important they are to you and that they are loved this Valentine’s day. And, if you are being funny about paper, just send a text with a love heart. No excuses whatsoever.
A big thing I did want to mention in this post is gifts, as well as the money we spend. Finn and I have rarely gone all out to spoil each other on Valentines, as to be honest, we both think it is a little unnecessary. You don’t need to break the bank to show someone how much you love them, and a relationship should never be based on how much money you are willing to spend on each other. It is little acts of kindness every day that build a relationship, and I am all about spending quality time with Finn on Valentine’s day, as opposed to buying a ridiculously expensive gift they he won’t even remember in a month’s time. I truly believe we should make our partner aware of how much we love them every day, and not confine it to one day when society says we should.
So, the point I am making, Valentines should be a day of spreading love, to those in your life already and random acts of kindness to a stranger. Smile as you walk past people in the street, thank someone twice for your coffee in Starbucks, send your best friend a bunch of flowers, and put your phone away for a candle dinner with whoever you choose to spend the time with. It is a special day, just all about LOVE.
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