First of all, Happy Hearts Day everyone! For all the head-over-heels inlove lovers, may the fire that fuels your passion for each other burns eternally and for the dateless (but never loveless), it’s that time of the year again. It’s a good thing we have friends. LOL
Anyway, to honor St. Valentine, I decided to finally blog after a long hiatus. And it wouldn’t have been more special that I did it in one of the most anticipated days of the year. Valentine’s Day (or Araw ng mga Puso for us Pinoys) is memorialized in different forms, be it in the many bouquets of flowers sold, creatively-packed confectioneries, or in some cases, marriage proposal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The streets and malls are fully emblazoned with Cupids and hearts, and once again, love and all its divine glory is in the air.
For us singletons, who are commonly but unfairly perceived to be sad, bitter and indifferent during this special day, Vday is the hardest to miss. It’s like Christmas all over again, where people expect other people to be with somebody. In fact, some people probably think coining February 14 “Singles Awareness Day” is a strong testament that singles are not really taking this day to heart (pun intended).
But I beg to differ.
The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind started with Jim Carrey saying, “Valentine’s Day is invented by greeting card companies to make people feel crap.” I used to agree with that (whether I was single or not). Not for spite or anything else, but just because of how the whole Valentine’s deal is usually received. On many levels, Valentine’s Day has become way too commercialized. Businesses get cutthroat to make profits and consumers bite. During this day, most people are actually pressured to do something, anything, no matter how cheesy or ridiculous, just so they won’t feel left out of things, or in this case, of trends.
The Lovapalooza is a prime example. Gathering people in a big venue and then watch them kiss or make out with each other along with thousands of other people is just tacky. It’s like a dirty fantasy. But in all fairness to the organizers, it really was an effective marketing concept. (What’s next, though? Strip shows, swing dances and orgies along Roxas Boulevard? Now that would be a riot.)
While it is funny to know that motel chains and flower shops are moneymaking machines during this time, and that in fact, approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas (source), the real gain that you can get from Valentine’s Day is not breaking Guinness World Records for the most number of people lip-locking and exchanging “pleasure fluids” in a public place, but the realization that many people are appreciative of the most important people in their lives.
While I used to believe otherwise, I don’t think Valentine’s Day is overrated. In fact, I think it’s underrated as its meaning has been translated only to its romantic connotation. While we all can’t really live without romance and all its impassioned grace, Valentine’s Day is special for me because it’s a celebration of love, the most wonderful feeling we could ever experience. It’s that time when you can reflect and value just how many people love and appreciate you. We all have to go through shitty moments where you feel alone, abandoned and taken for granted, but the truth is, there’s always people out there who will brave the hurricanes, move mountains and circle the world and back, just for you. Not many people think about that often.
So, we need one special day for us to fully realize that. That’s why Valentine’s Day rocks.