With true love, you really don’t need commercial holidays to remind you to appreciate the one your heart beats for by purchasing Hallmark cards just to let them know that they mean the world to you, or that you’re very grateful for having them in your life as your significant other—as your soulmate, your best friend, your world and everything else all molded into one… the One with whom you want to spend the rest of your life.
You don’t, because you know. You know that life’s too short and unpredictable to be caught up with social paradigms. You know that some moments just cannot be postponed for tomorrow because tomorrow is granted to no one. You cease the moment, make the best of it, and hope it lasts forever.
And you do that in a variety of ways: buying them chocolate. Or painting a picture of them. Or knitting them a sweater. Or telling them a silly joke just to make them laugh. Or composing them a song. Or holding their hands, going for a walk, playing with their hair until they fall asleep.
You do that in a million different ways.
And you do that every day. For the rest of your life.
So why do people wait until 14th February to tell their loved ones that they really, really love them?
Simple: commercialism and the “oh-everyone’s-doing-it-let-me-do-it-too” bandwagon mentality.
In a world where your own death is now commercialized, it should be of no surprise to learn that corporations and mainstream media generate a hefty revenue annually by milking it down the mind of the masses that Valentine’s Day is THE day to really tell the one you love how much you love them. From cards to teddy bears to heart-shaped chocolates, the list is endless. Billions of dollars are turned over in profits.
But what stomps me about it all is the fact that people do not realize that they do NOT need a commercial holiday to express their love and make someone feel special. In fact, nothing spells “special” like surprising AND spoiling someone when they’re least expecting it: on a day when there’s no reason or occasion to be romantic.
“What’s the occasion for this, Honey?”
“Nothing. I just want you to know you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
How sweet is that compared to “Honey, this is what I got you. Happy Valentine’s. I love you.” when millions of other people are saying almost the same exact thing on this same exact day?
Be creative. Be unique. Express your love every day, the way you see fit. You do not need a commercial holiday for that.
UPDATE: Here’s another brief post I made about the topic.
Written by Ali B. Moe, Admin at Enchanting Minds.