Let me start bluntly:
I hate Valentine's Day.
But not for the cynical reasons you may think. I don't dislike Valentine's Day because I'm "alone" or "lonely" or any of those other reasons. I've just never been one of those people who finds it necessary to find my happiness in someone else. I'm happy with who I am and what I have. I'd much rather be happy WITH someone instead of being happy BECAUSE of someone. These two don't have to be mutually exclusive, but I daresay they work better together.
No, I hate Valentine's Day because it gives the world the excuse to not appreciate the people in their lives. I don't think you should have to wait until an arbitrary day in February to tell someone you love them or care about them. Why do you have to wait until there are special Hallmark cards in the store to do something special for someone you care about? Life is too short to wait around for a holiday. Personally, I think people should treat every day like Valentine's Day. Not necessarily buying flowers and chocolate, but to tell the people in their life "Hey, you're special to me. You make my life better. Thank you for being you."
For example, all day today, people I encountered (which is a large number, due to my day job) have been telling me that "I deserve to have a good Valentine's Day." Why? Why can't people be pleasant to each other on a daily basis? Why do we have to wait for a designated day to recognize the people in our lives? Why don't we say things like "You deserve to have a good Monday."
Because let me tell you, I would LOVE to have a good Monday. Much more than I'd love to have a good Valentine's Day.
It was said to me that Valentine's Day gives us the opportunity to treat our loved ones special, because we get swept up in our daily lives. Maybe it's just me, but I'm of the mindset that life is just too damn short to wait for an opportunity. You have to make your own opportunities. And when someone you love and care for deeply can be taken from you in a blink of an eye, why would you wait to share that information with them? I think everyone should try to treat everyone special, regardless of the day. Otherwise, at the end of the day, all we're left with is regret.
PS - Have a great Monday, everyone.