by Christina Cerutti

Valentine’s Day is the one day each year dedicated to couples showing their love an affection for one another. Based on  research,  there was a Saint Valentine, but there are different legends regarding who he exactly was and what he did to get a holiday named after him. Today, Valentine’s day is a day devoted to spending time with your significant other; however, that wasn’t always the case.

Back in elementary school, February 14th held a reputation as one of the best days of the year. Classrooms were filled with seven and eight-year-olds, excitedly sharing animated, brightly colored cards with each other. If you were lucky, the card even held a piece of candy. By the end of the day you had cards from everyone in your class, including that one kid who you were convinced had cooties.

As we grew older, the concept of Valentine’s changed drastically from the colorful sweetness it once was. Now, as young adults, our innocence has been stripped from us. With a better understanding of the media, we know that Valentine’s day mainly focuses on couples, which is both good and bad. It is good for those in a happy relationship, yet bad for those who are not or who fall in the “it’s complicated” category. What’s the big deal? Why do we care so much about Valentine’s Day?

The true meaning of Valentine’s day has been washed away by media and it’s propaganda. It’s not longer a day that we look forward to handing out cards to everyone we know. We need to look past the greedy side of the holiday in which greeting card and candy companies make a fortune. We also need to look past the sadness that overcomes us if we fall single on February 14th.

Valentine’s Day should be celebrated even if you’re not in a relationship. It’s time to revert our minds back to those days of fun and no longer indulge in an emotional day of wallowing in self pity. Celebrate the day of love by surrounding yourself with all of the people you care about! Think back on your elementary days and remember when Valentine’s Day just meant celebrating the people you love, not the people you’re in love with.