Valentine's Day can feel super commercial and cheesy (although I still find that fun). Regardless of the pomp and circumstance, it's a good reminder just to celebrate love.
Celebrate Love, Coupled or Not
Guest post by Maxie McCoy
It’s that time of year again! The shelves are brimming with pink and red candies. Flower shops are gearing up. Ashton Kutcher in Valentine’s Day is cycling through cable television on repeat. Some companies are marketing to the giddy and in love. Some companies are making their bucks by capitalizing on the single and resentful.
I’ve had years where I was totally annoyed by February 14th. And years where I couldn’t have loved it more. And it wasn’t always dependent of my relationship status. It was always more related to how tuned in I was to the meaning of the day. There’s a lot of different meanings a quick google search of “Valentine’s Day History” will offer up. Some will make you question the day. Other will make you nod. But regardless, I think we can all agree that the modern day meaning of this holiday is love. If ever there’s a truth about love, it’s this.
What could be more beautiful?? Love is a source energy that makes our lives go round. It characterizes the most special relationships in our lives. It causes us to do amazing thing. Crazy things. Beautiful things. Love, truly, is one of the great experiences of this life. To love and be loved. It’s all that really matters.
Whether you’re ragingly single (hi, right here!) or in a full-fledged partnership (hi, C + G!), Valentine’s Day this weekend can be a giant excuse to revel in love, whatever that means for you. Here’s some fun ways to celebrate love:
Pen a Love Letter
This is my favorite V-Day tradition, writing out Valentines circa elementary school style. If you’re single and ready to mingle, get a stack of heart shaped cards and write little love notes to all your besties. If you’ve got cupid’s arrow in your bootie, take the time to pen an old school love letter to your hunny. And maybe even spray it with your perfume. It’s the perfect day to be a love-drunk cheese ball!
Give Out a Million Hugs
A hug makes everyone smile. And feel warm. I’m a giant hugger. And on Valentine’s Day, it’s a great reason to give hugs for no reason. To your parents. To your friends. To your people. Your lover. Whether they’ve just walked in the door, or you get out of the car to greet them..give a hug that someone wasn’t expecting as your celebration of Vday.
Get a Bag of Valentine Candies and Give Them Out
What’s a more amazing outward expression of your love than with your favorite candies?? From chocolate to sweethearts, I promise it’ll make the receiver smile. I’ll never forget being in a cab on Valentine’s day and receiving heart-shaped candy from my driver just because. It put the biggest smile on my face and made me feel the collective love we all celebrate on this day.
Vocalize Your Love
Have you taken the time to tell someone how you feel? Like actually tell them? Maybe it’s your work wife that you literally would not survive another weekday without. Or your best friend who makes every day funnier. Or your partner who always knows the perfect thing to say. Or your mom who you’re endlessly grateful for. Take a moment to call them up and tell them. To text them and tell them. To walk up and say it. Make sure those you love have heard you say that. It’ll warm their heart as much as it warms yours.
Whoever you’re celebrating with come the 14th, make sure to celebrate what really matters: love.