Valentine’s Day. The one holiday of the year that I’ve come to dread the most. I don’t even consider it a real holiday anymore. At this point, Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized that I believe it’s just a trap for department stores to exploit people’s hard-earned money in the name of love. It’s more about the money being spent and less about the special bond that a couple shares. Chocolate, teddy bears, and Instagram posts that showcase how well a man treated his woman one day out of the year: it’s what matters most amongst my peers.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Dang, who broke this girl’s heart and turned her into to such a Bitter Betty?” To answer your question – no one. There’s honestly just way too much hype around this one occasion. I hate that a day that was once used to express appreciation for your significant other is now a showcase. Many people use “the day of love” as an excuse to enter into a fake relationship so that they won’t seem lonely on February 14th.
I didn’t always have these harsh views. Back in elementary school, I was the Queen of Getting Gifts and love notes that read, “Would you be mine? Circle yes or no.” However, as time went on I realized that people were more concerned with having a Valentine than building something real.
People who are in relationships should express their love for one another on a daily basis. They shouldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to play catch up. Hopefully, when I enter my next relationship, my future beau and I will shower each other with love throughout the entire year. Until then, I’ll continue to have epic girls night with my roomies and dub Valentine’s Day “Single Awareness Day.” Yeah, S.A.D.
Tonya Nelson is an ambitious hopeless romantic. As a graduating senior at Howard University, Tonya uses her experiences to share her ideas about love and romance from a collegiate perspective. Her plans are to become a multimedia mogul. Until then, she’s working on her college degree while indulging in casual dating along the way.
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