Why I Love Valentine's Day - In a Relationship or Not

February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day is definitely up there on my favorite holidays list. Let me be straight – this is the first year that I’ll be celebrating it with a legitimate significant other, so it’s not like it has a great track record for me.
One of my biggest pet peeves is people complaining about feeling lonely on “Singles Awareness Day.” We get it, you want to be dating someone. That’s all fine and dandy, but in my perspective, you’re kind of missing the point of the holiday.

Last Valentine’s Day, I took a weekend trip down to Arizona with my sweetest friend Amber. Conveniently, my brother also lived about 15 minutes away from where her family is, so I got to spend a lot of time with him as well.
On my way down to Arizona, as per tradition (okay this was the second time it happened but that makes it tradition right?), we mad a pit-stop in Flagstaff for me to be able to see my homegirl Stephanie. One of my best friends from high school, it was nice to see Stephanie, even if it was only for like an hour.
This wasn’t my first time going to visit David in Arizona, but it was really special to me. I had been having a really hard time with school, work, and really, just life in general, so it was nice for me to get away from things, even if it was just for a few days. On Valentine’s Day, my brother took me shooting, one of my favorite things to do. Not only this, he bought me a cute flower and Girl Scout cookies (boys take note (girls, my brother is also single so hmu if you’re interested)).


I just remember feeling so loved and special that weekend – from Stephanie, from Amber, from David, from life. I got to enjoy the sunshine, take a break, be around the people I love, and share my love with them. To me, this is what Valentine’s Day is all about. I’m a huge fan because honestly, it gives me a free excuse to spoil and love the amazing people in my life.

For me, it’s not that difficult to be empathetic when my friends are sad or upset. When they’re happy, however, that’s another story. I get jealous pretty easily and it’s not hard to feel envious and deserving of being in love. Why would I want to do that to myself though?
You have a significant other? Good for you! You’re gonna post a cute picture on Instagram and go on a romantic date? You do you! You deserve to be happy, and I’m not going to discount that for you. We all have our struggles and our hardships, so why not get pampered and show it off to the world?
It just doesn’t make sense to me to sulk and suffer one day each year just because you aren’t in a relationship. There is so much love in this world, and so many people who need to feel the extra love, so, instead of complaining, why don’t you help out with that?
I love Valentine’s Day because I love love. I am so grateful for the wonderful people in my life and I really hope that y’all take today to appreciate them – whether you’re dating them or not. Just give this perspective a chance.
Yours truly,
McKay

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