Here it comes, good old Valentine’s Day. Relationships everywhere wait for this day, so that we may show how much we care for our significant others. Chocolates and flowers and teddy bears abound, to cover up troubles that many don’t want to face the other 364 days of the year.
Please don’t completely misunderstand me, Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful thing. It could be a fantastic reason to spend some wonderful time with the person or people you love. But what happens when it’s a mask to cover up a normally disparaging situation?
It’s that Christmastime feeling all over again. People are generous, kind, thoughtful, and thankful. For a little while. Christmas is coming. The tunes sing out glory throughout the land. For a short while, we remember we’re all human. But then Christmas passes. We get on with our lives. It was just unity but now it’s all about us once more. Only us. The honeymoon is over.
And so is the honeymoon. Although so little effort can go into a relationship, some still expect a dozen roses, a box of chocolates, or a special treat, only because the calendar says February 14. Like a love movie with unreal expectations so is this day at times. Those actors and actresses are paid to play a role and buy into the hype some may, but reality always sets back in.
Celebrating love on February 14th can be wonderful. As it can be on February 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th… A New Year Resolution may fizzle out by January 8th, and the chemistry provided by February 14th just the same.
Besides, like Christmas, we’re sold on what the meaning is and forget what the meaning really is. A bunch of people wants to capitalize on your love, or your mistakes and guilt, or your emotion.
Emotion is good. Logic is often better. It’s not an attempt to sabotage Valentine’s Day. It’s only an attempt to not sabotage the other 364 days.