Friday, February 13, 2009

Hearts On A Platter

Everyone posts about Valentine's day, so here it goes:

Valentine's day sucks.
It's a wretched holiday that makes people feel inferior, lonely, and more pressured to find someone. Even if you are in a relationship, it puts more emphasis on expressing a romantic or sexual side than what may be pre-mature for where the relationship may be.

If you are just starting out in a relationship, V-day requires an "I love you" kind of moment. But what if it is still "I like you" or "I'm infatuated by you"? This causes more problems than necessary. People tend to rate the value of a relationship based on how much money is spent. Do you buy the diamond necklace to express your undying love or do you make a promise? Which has more meaning?

While I do hate it, there is something about it that does some good. Many people think of it as a Hallmark holiday- but I see it as something different. I see it as a way of boosting certain industries sales and providing some economic stability. There are only a few holidays during the year that require cards, flowers, candy, crafts for making sentimental statements, tickets to shows and other performances, and any other industry that is involved. If we think about what people spend their money on, you can see that these horrible days actually employ thousands, if not millions of people and keeps businesses flourishing. So, I guess in today's economy- I guess we can stand it just a little bit.

So while everyone is having dinner, having sex, buying roses, being cheesy, cutting out their hearts with scissors for the sake of another- if you're alone, don't feel grumpy.

Here's Mission 18:

Express self-love: Take yourself out to dinner, make a list of all the things you love about yourself, make yourself a valentine, be happy that you are not in a terrible or abusive relationship and be grateful for the fact that you can sleep with whoever you want with no obligations unlike your committed friends.

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