The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
It’s that time of year again when love is in the air, yet many aren’t buying into the mush. I remember as a child how excited I was to see those decorated brown paper bags of my classmates hanging on the wall and secretly hand out my Valentines. As the years have passed, the light this day once brought into my life has become dim. Society is becoming more and more apathetic towards forced celebrations, or it could be that as we age, our perceptions change. I blame consumerism for the tainting of love’s special day. As Boxing Week cleans stores out of Christmas crap, red and pink heart displays are already taking over malls causing shoppers to moan and groan saying, “Bah, I really hate Valentine’s day.” To say it bluntly, love doesn’t cost a dime. The problems many have with Valentine’s Day stem from expectations. Some expect to be showered with gifts or a fancy expensive night out, and some expect to be punished if they don’t pull through. Though it may be hard to believe, love and presents are not synonymous. As with all holidays, there are always going to be those at the end of the day who are happy, those who are sad and those who are neither here nor there. Instead of concentrating on how you feel, maybe the focus should be on letting others know they are loved. Valentine’s Day isn’t going anywhere, so, instead, why not embrace it? It’s not simply a day for romance. It is just as important to take this day to show friends and family their worth. I don’t see any negatives in taking one day to step back from the routines of life to give out a few hugs, kisses or calls to those who are special to you. There are 365 days in a year, and any one of them can be Valentine’s Day. To all the lovers out there, here’s a tip, if you want to make your life easier by having a day to make your lady feel special, it’s a few days before her time of the month.