Why no one actually cares about Valentine’s Day

Hello all. Today is the 14th of February, which of course, means only one thing. That’s right, it’s the anniversary of the Bahraini uprising. It’s also the day that, in 1966, the Australian currency was decimalised. And who can forget when Rotterdam’s Maas tunnel opened, on this day, in 1942?

Oh, and also it’s Valentine’s Day. Apparently. But that part’s been kept quiet.

As anyone single, recently or otherwise, will tell you – Valentine’s Day is just a commercial cheese-fest invented by greetings card companies to sell tacky gifts and chocolate. As anyone in a relationship will tell you, it’s a day to show how much you love someone by showering them with gifts, love and affection, maybe going out for a meal, or staying in and snuggling up on the sofa.

So who’s right? The sad lonely singletons, or the obnoxious, in-your-face coupley types?

The answer, is neither. Or maybe both. I’m not really sure, because my point is, that I don’t care, and you probably don’t either.

If you’ve been on any social networking sites today (Facebook and Instagram are the worst perpetrators), you’ll have seen an endless barrage of Valentine’s Day related dribble, from the pro and anti V-Day camps. I know, I know, in writing this, I’m no better than they are, but someone had to speak out for the apathetic.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is horribly commercial, yes it’s tacky and cheesy, and yes you can make the point that you should show someone you love them every day, not just this one. But at the same time, if people in a relationship choose to use this day as an excuse to do something special, that makes them happy, what’s wrong with that? And singletons, do you really care that much about Valentine’s Day? Or is it just you feel like you’re missing out?

Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, or alone, I have but one humble request. Please, next year, just keep it to yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day.


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