What We Fail to Realize about Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s day, another American holiday that provides a lot of depression for many due to the romantic isolation of companionship. There is a lot of pressure for this holiday because of that possible void in our lives. There are numerous people who shrivel up and crawl into their empty homes and wallow alone on this very day, feeling left out on all of the romance in the air. But as we sit, talk, and listen to our shacked up friends exclaim their excitement about their plans for the holiday of romance, one can only feel somewhat a bit of lonesomeness in their heart. But, what we fail to realize is that Valentine’s Day is not about romance, it is about love.

Romance is just a nice subsidiary of how we are supposed to celebrate this holiday, and it has taken over the spotlight from love over the years through the consumeristic culture that we live in. As we dine, perform grand gestures, write love letters, sing songs and slowly kiss our loved ones under the stars, single people all over the world forget to celebrate love. Romance is for couples, and love is for everyone.

 

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Aphrodite, The Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty. 

 

The greatest example of this is grade school. Do you remember when your third-grade teacher had your whole class make Valentine’s cards, or have Valentine’s Day card and candy exchange? As children, the lesson that we forget in this is that we are spreading love to one another, not romance.

Someone once spoke about a remarkable woman, who battled various illnesses, cancers, and terrible health conditions for over 40 years. Due to her health, she had no time to pursue any romances, but she still had the time to spread love to everyone that was in her life. When she passed away after a life filled with horrific health, hundreds of people showed up to her funeral because she offered so much love to everyone who entered her life. This woman’s life is the epitome of what Valentine’s Day is actually about. If she could devote her entire life to spreading love and joy, then we should start to think differently about Valentine’s Day.

Everyone has the power of love to spread in this world.

Despite the first dates, frantic searches for a Valentine, witnessing proposals, and seeing roses pointed in the noses of loved ones everywhere, Valentines Day is a day to spread and give love to others.

Call your family members and tell them that you love them, or let your friends know how much that you appreciate them. Use Valentine’s Day as a reminder to think about who loves you in this world. The holiday does not always have to be about stupid arrows flying around that impales romance to the victim. Maybe those arrows should strike the appreciation for love to all kinds of people in all of our hearts.

If you do not have a romance in your life, remember to spread the love on Valentine’s Day to the people who matter in your life.

One of life’s biggest tragedies is that perhaps human beings get so much enthusiasm, energy, and ire from hate. This is why we need to be reminded that a purpose of humanity is to love whoever is around to be loved.

Remember, “The Zos Knows”. 

-David Zosel

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