So, today I go off on a tangent (i.e. mini-rant); one of my only posts not about travel or food. I figure, I have this grand public forum, why not totally abuse it? If you don’t know this about me, I HATE (yes H-A-T-E) Valentine’s Day and have since I was a teenager. I honestly think it is the worst, most sadistic/masochistic, commercialised abomination ever. I hope you’ll agree and join my 3-decades long boycott. Here’s why…. (in no specific order and somewhat redundant)….
- No one ends up satisfied. Seriously, how many people are out there right now building up their expectations for Valentine’s Day and how many people are fretting about the expectations put on them? What percentage of people on February 15 think “YAY, let’s do that again!” v. “Whew, thank goodness that’s over!” or “Boy, am I disappointed!”?
- It makes kids feel bad. Do you remember counting the valentines cards you got in elementary school? How about the carnations you got in jr. high or high school? I remember the “popular” girls would all have tons – it took a couple of years to realize they were buying them for each other – they weren’t more loved than us other kids, they just had more spare lunch money and a marketing plan.
- It makes adults feel lonely. If you don’t have that “special someone” to spend Valentine’s Day with you end up feeling left out, sad, lonely, etc. It seems like a day that’s specifically meant to make you feel bad (crappy premise for a holiday, no?!). As I am old and un-hip, I am not 100% certain how this works, but I am guessing this societally-induced feeling leads to alot of poor [tinder?] [grindr?] decisions at about 11:30 p.m.
- Big Hallmark owns you. Seriously, do you need Hallmark to tell you when to express your love, appreciate the people around you, buy your wife flowers, call your mom, and so on? Okay, maybe you do, but you could revolt and just pick any other day of the year.
- The candy is 50% cheaper the next day. Seriously, same delicious chocolate, half the price. ‘Nuff said.
Since this post does not readily lend itself to photos, but I’ve learned that photos are de rigueur, I am about to randomly pick some that I think would make good anti-Valentine’s day cards….