Of course, today should be about love and expressing that to your significant other (or maybe someone new) but I have always felt there is so much pressure on this one day. You can feel you need to buy the best flowers or the best gift or make reservations at the best restaurant (which you could usually go to the night before or the night after and save some money!). And what happens if you are in a relationship but don't get something or if you aren't in a relationship and all you see are the "happy" people in relationships around you and you feel left out. My personal feelings about expressions of love are they are best when they don't feel forced.,, surprise me with something on a random day and I'm loving that more than when it's supposed to be coming.
Now, I'm sure there are arguments for Valentine's day that are totally valid as well. And like I said, I have a love/hate relationship so here's the part I think is great (other than the fact that I met my husband on Valentine's Day... but that's maybe a story for another day!). I like the idea that perhaps it sends a little nudge of confidence to someone to declare feelings for someone else. I like that it can make spending some quality time with your loved ones, whether it be a significant other or your best friends, a priority. With our hectic lives sometimes the personal interaction is lacking and we can always use a reminder to slow down and make those plans rather than just talking about them.
I'll probably wear something with hearts today and enjoy some chocolate but remind myself that the most important person you have to love is yourself. Regardless of your relationship status, 'married', 'single' or 'it's complicated', I hope you have a great day... and don't forget to go buy the same candy at 50% off tomorrow. I love a good deal! :)
Let me know what you think about Valentine's day!