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And for this particular challenge, the question to be answered in 1000 words or fewer is: What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
I know for a lot of people it’s hearts and flowers and chocolate and romance. Or the lack thereof. And I’ll admit that I’ve had my share of sad, lonely, self-pitying Valentine’s Days. You know, the kind where you feel utterly unattractive and unloved. You can’t help but hope someone will suddenly speak up and admit they have a crush on you, even though you know to hope is to set yourself up for disappointment. And as the day draws to a close and you’ve received nothing (or worse, your parents sent you something), that disappointment comes crashing over you like a wall of frigid water. Yeah, I’ve had that. A lot.
I’m lucky in that I don’t have to focus on that aspect of the holiday. For me Valentine’s Day is actually more about friends. Because for whatever reason I have many, many friends whose birthdays are on or near February 14. I don’t know if it’s an astrological thing, where my chart just jives with those of people born at that time? But there you have it. So for me, Valentine’s Day is about the love of friendship rather than romantic love. And I prefer it that way. I’d rather devote time and energy toward that than some romantic gesture or gift that is only given out of a sense of obligation rather than any real feeling. To me, romance is best when spontaneous. Meanwhile, I’m happy to spend the day celebrating the existence of people I am truly glad to have in my life. In turn, this helps me remember that I’m not alone and unloved after all.
What about you? I know Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but what (if anything) does it mean to you? Answers and general feedback welcome in the comments.
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