February 14th: Valentine’s Day. A day of love, romance and chocolates?
But let me ask this; do you know where Valentine’s day originated?
Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine. Though there are about three different accounts of Saint Valentine, legend has it that he was a martyr who was a priest in the third century of Rome. The emperor at the time decided that single men were better soldiers because they were not distracted by loved ones so he banned marriage. Valentine found injustice in this demand so he continued to perform marriages for young lover in secret. He was ordered to death for this.
At the end of the 5th Century, Pope Gelasius named February 14th St. Valentine’s Day. However, it was not until many years later that the day was associated with love. Now-a-days Valentine’s Day has become purely commercial. It has become a staple for selling jewelry and candy and lots of greeting cards.
Alas, with love in the air and on every single social media and news station you could imagine, it may be hard to deal with when you are single.
There are quite a few ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even if you are alone!
If you are feeling sad on Valentine’s Day, get some perspective. There are a lot of people experiencing Valentine’s Day by themselves as well. A great method for boosting your self-esteem is by embracing the single life! Focus on the benefits rather than the drawbacks, you can even write out a list to see how being single helps you! Plus, no money wasted on candy retailers, florists or restaurants.
Keep in mind that you do not need a significant other to have a Valentine. A Valentine could be a family member, friend or even a pet!
Remember to love yourself this Valentine’s Day and every other day!