Monday, February 14, 2011

A Few Thoughts on Valentine's Day

What do you think about Valentine's Day? I got a series of texts and BBM's today wishing me a "Happy Love Day", "Happy VDAY", "Happy Safe To Be Single Day" and the like. I honestly have never really had a problem with Valentine's Day, but this year I have seen it differently.

In elementary school it was all about giving Valentine's to everybody, but you would write and extra line in the card for the cuties in the class. Something unique to each of them, in the hopes that they would compare cards and be jealous of each other... Players play after all.

In Junior high the totally hip thing to do was to buy somebody a "Cookie Gram." At my old high school the "Food's" kids would bake cookies and write something cute in the icing and then anonymously hand them out according to whom they were bought for. At the end of the day, whoever had the most cookies was clearly the most popular and liked.

In high school there was a different approach. I can remember writing a long letter to the girl who I had an interest in at the time, there may have even been a hug and a kiss tossed somewhere in there. But you know, all that ushy gushy kinda stuff.

But this is the only Valentine's day that I can remember where there is no nerves, no planning and honestly, no significance. I can't say I care to much for this day. No, not because I am bitter that there is no lady on my arm, but rather we seemed to have turned it into another consumeristic celebration. We raise our prices and end up buying more stuff anyways...

As much as I gripe about the consumeristic nature of our holidays I do think that they all have something special to them. Valentine's Day is no exception. I honestly do think that there is something cool about having a day to spoil your loved one and to 'renew' our relationships.

But, on the other hand, Valentine's Day should theoretically be lived out everyday. It is not just a special day to have dinner with your partner or to buy them flowers and head out on a date, after all guys, you should be doing this everyday. No, not taking them out to expensive dinners and all that jazz, but I do believe that your ladies (wives and girlfriends) should be treated like princesses each day of the year, and not only on February 14 when your looking to 'get lucky.'

I believe in love, I believe in the power of love, but I also believe in the abuse and misuse of love. This Valentine's Day take a closer look at what you happen to call love. I encourage you to question love, because your questioning will either end it, or make it stronger.

Oh! And before I forget! To those who are single. Don't worry about Valentine's Day, don't let the fact that you are single stress you out. Being single is pretty darn awesome, I must say so myself, nothing against all the good girls out their, but there is something sweet about, as Jason Derulo would say, "Riding Solo."

Here is a beautiful song by The Burning Hell. A band that fascinated me live, they put on a great show.

The first is a little video to accompany a cover of the tune, and the second is the original.

"Love, it’s like a hurricane: it happens in Florida, it gets into everything.
Love, it’s like a monster truck: it fills up whole stadiums, but it crushes smaller trucks
Love, it’s like a marmoset: it may be small and cute, but sometimes it eats its young
Love, it’s like a trailer park: ugly but functional, the rent is cheap enough
Love, it’s like a garbage man: it collects waste and filth, it smells like rotting flesh
Love, it’s like an interstate: it gets you from place to place, but it’s littered with dead raccoons
Love, it’s like a newborn child: seems interesting when it’s young, gets pedestrian after a while
Love, it’s like a hurricane: it happens in Florida, it destroys everything."

I want to hear what you think about Valentine's Day, comment or link below!


  1. You've seen this live! Lucky bugger, happy heart health month? Is that new one?

  2. ohhh jordan. what i wouldnt give to crawl into your brain and chill there for a day... haha :p