Why I Don’t Like Valentine’s Day

So I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day….

and figured in honor of this twisted holiday I would just share my two cents  

Of course I arrived at my opinion of Valentine’s Day largely through the lessons of my MS diagnosis.  I learned at a very early age that “You Only Live Once.”  As cliche as YOLO is nowadays, none of us really grasp the truth behind it.  (I mean I personally believe in reincarnation but that’s beside the point!)

We have this life on Earth and 

should make every effort to appreciate each moment of it

With that in mind,

EVERY DAY should be Valentine’s Day! 

It’s sort of strange to me that we need reminders to tell our loved ones that we love them.  Now don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent excuse to go above and beyond for someone you care about.  I’m all for splurging sometimes.  As a woman, I can’t pretend I don’t love getting chocolates and flowers.  But here’s the thing, I love getting them ALL THE TIME.  And when I get them on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy, because our society told you to do it.  On V-Day, I see it as a nice gesture but not much more.  Now if I get flowers on Tuesday simply because it’s Tuesday and you were thinking of me, that’s special.  And it doesn’t even have to be flowers or chocolates; a nice note would certainly do the trick!

I’m not knocking the people who enjoy V-Day.  I’m just saying that every day should be a day to cherish those we love and do something special.  For me, I am pretty realistic about the fact that on Valentine’s Day or when an anniversary comes along, I might not actually be able to see.  Which then begs the question, why put off that romantic picnic on the beach?

And by the way, for my fellow patients reading this, I’m sure that many of us have unfortunately experienced times when a special occasion does come around and we aren’t feeling well.  I have friends who have expressed so much disappointment on those days.  It can definitely bring down the mood.  But why not celebrate the day after? I know we feel a constant tug of war to live to the fullest by pushing ourselves and soak up every second, while on the other hand we’re trying to take care of our bodies and lead a balanced life.  This can be tough and events like Valentine’s Day can add a lot of unnecessary pressure.  Especially because we know better than most people how special just “EVERY DAY” is to celebrate the meaningful relationships in our lives. 

Just my two cents 🙂

Oh, and if you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, have some extra chocolate for me!

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