Valentine’s Day is all about love; you either love-to-love Valentine’s Day or you love to hate it. People fill their days around boxed chocolates and roses or over-sized stuffed animals that you could buckle up in the car on the way home and will probably throw in the attic in a couple weeks, all to serve one purpose: to make you feel like someone loves you on this particular day.
It’s a happy day for some and a sad day for others, and for the people who share the same category as me, just another day you could care less about. Regardless of the people who could care less about this day, everyone who is a part of the social media age will most likely have something to post on their Twitters, Facebooks, Instagrams, etc., about this provocative holiday.
Social media has grown to be a part of our culture. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t at least know what social media consists of; grandparents are even conforming to this culture. If my grandmother knows how to share my Facebook pictures with her neighbor Shirley down in Florida, then it’s clear we live in a world that revolves around social media.
On Feb. 14, social media will be consumed in everything that has to do with Valentine’s Day. You’ll have your happy couples posting romantic pictures, and your couples faking a happy relationship so no one knows that they’re really just as unhappy as you are the day you finish the Netflix series you’ve been working on for the past two months. Then you have the person who is most likely single, bashing everything that has to do with this holiday, tweeting anti-Valentine’s Day memes because they don’t have anyone to share it with while sending themselves edible arrangements so people don’t think they’re alone. Then you have everyone in between.
In this day and age, social media will be filled with the hashtag “Valentines Day” but what really is Valentine’s Day? Is it a day to put down all the happy couples you know, or a day to finally message your Tinder crush? Is it a time to stalk your ex’s new relationship on Facebook, or to get off your social media and make the most of this holiday celebrating Saint Valentine and his will to bring lovers together.
Valentine’s Day is just another 24 hours of the 8,765 hours we get every year. Don’t let your day be consumed with pleasing, or displeasing the people of social media but celebrating or spending the day with someone special. It could be a relative or your best friend, your significant other, or even just the person you’ve been texting recently.
So here’s to you: the boy who counts down the days until this holiday to ask his crush to be his Valentine, the girl who plans on egging her ex-boyfriends car, and to the rest of us who plan to pull a Taylor Swift and just shake it off.
May we all get through this holiday unscathed, tearless, and filled with happiness because we all received exactly what we wanted, which let’s be honest, is some chocolate covered strawberries and Chipotle that you’ll most-likely Instagram.