"I'm going to be alone on Valentine's! No one likes me, I just want to die in a hole."
"Ughhhh, I'm so ugly. No one will ever want me."
"Oh GOD, Valentine's…what the hell do I get her??"
"I seriously hope he doesn't do anything big for Valentine's."
I think it's obvious that the main focal point all week was the fact that Valentine's Day was approaching on Friday. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday preceding would be buzzing with a mixture of excitement, dread and denial.
This really saddened me. Not only because Valentine's had suddenly turned into something for most people to dread, but also because of the general feeling that one is obliged to spend a small, 24 hour holiday with a partner or someone they're sexually attracted to. If a holiday specifically is about love, what stops you from spending it lightheartedly with friends and family? Nowhere is it written that Valentine's means cards, roses and sex. It really doesn't. As lovely as I think it is for couples to spend a day devoted to one another I don't think one holiday should be so widely hyped.
It is mostly down to society and consumerism that we are taught to celebrate things a certain way, and I honestly feel we should start to understand the real meaning behind days such as Valentine's and spend it with loved ones, whether or not that is a partner, friends, or family. I hope most of you did in fact have a lovely day, whether or not you spent it with certain people!