I Should Hate Valentine's Day, But I Really Don't

I Should Hate Valentine's Day, But I Really Don't

Based on my track record with love, celebrating should be out of the question.

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Everything about romance and love and Valentine's Day should disgust me. Romance isn't something I'm very familiar with and my run-ins with it haven't been too great. But love is such a beautiful emotion and I would argue it's the most powerful.

That's why Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.

It's undeniably a corporate holiday and I never ignore that. But we don't have to make it about greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolates. It's the idea of having a day that revolves around the emotion that controls everything that is good in the world. Because of how much I enjoy showing love, I'm totally for having a day to express it at full volume.

With no one extra special person to share the day with and very few friends who are single like me, it would be easy to stay bitter and spend the day cursing at relationships while I shovel in an endless amount of ice cream. But that's never been how I do things. Taking the easy way out isn't my style.

I celebrate February 14th by taking in and giving out so much love. I look forward to sharing every ounce of joy that exists in my heart. I want to give so much extra love to all the people I care about.

Life sometimes gets in the way of expressing love in the right way and Valentine's Day grants us an opportunity to really focus on it. There's nothing wrong with showing people they're being thought of.

It's also a chance for us to really love ourselves, and I make sure I do that. I try to practice self-care all the time, but I don't always get the chance to. But on Valentine's Day, I like to remind myself that love exists and it's beautiful and I owe it to myself to experience that.

Even if it's on my own and it's just a face mask and some quiet time. It's so important to be conscious of love and the meaning behind it.

Not being able to experience the typical traditions of Valentine's Day shouldn't take away from celebrating it all together. Fellow single friends can do a Galentine's Day and love each other. And if that doesn't work either, we can just love ourselves a little extra to make up for where it gets lost.

With all the negativity in the world already, we shouldn't let a day of love be negative too. We should put our hearts on our sleeves instead.

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63 Unique Ways To Say 'I Love You' Other Than Literally Saying 'I Love You'

Cause saying the 'L' word is hard.
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Ah, love... what is it? It can be many things. A romantic thing, sure. But I have had someone say that they platonically love me... meaning the exact opposite. Many people have a love for things besides other people. For instance, pizza or sleeping. All great things.

With Valentine's Day being the next BIG holiday coming up, here are 63 other ways to say "I love you" other than literally saying "I love you."

1. "Text me when you get home."

2. "You look hungry, do you want some of my food?"

3. "Don't forget to take your medicine."

4. "I don't know what I'd do without you."

5. "You are beautiful."

6. "How can I help?"

7. "I was just thinking about you."

8. "You amaze me."

9. "I'm so proud of you."

10. "I saved you the last slice of pie."

11. "I would save you the last piece of chocolate cake for you, even if it was the last thing to eat on Earth."

12. "You make life worth living."

13. "I don't know why, but I'm still thinking of you."

14. *you use the force of your tortilla chip to get more guac on my tortilla chip*

15. "This song makes me think of you!"

16. "Wanna rant to me?"

17. "I adore you."

18. "When I'm with you I feel safe."

19. "You make me happy."

20. "Forget butterflies. When I'm with you, I feel the whole zoo in my stomach."

21. "You know damn well I would go nuts without you in my life."

22. "I don't know what I did to deserve you."

23. "You're my best friend."

24. "I remember the first time I laid eyes on you and my life turned upside down."

25. "As long as I have you in my life, I'll be okay."

26. "I plan on annoying you for the rest of our lives."

27. "The fact that you have put up with me for this long is truly amazing."

28. "I like how weird you are... because it makes me feel less weird."

29. "I have so much to tell you!"

30. "I trust you."

31. "You're difficult and annoying AF, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

32. "I really want to kiss you right now."

33. "If someone kidnapped you, I would train for as long as possible to become a black belt in karate so I can save you. It may take a while, but I would do it."

34. "It would be impossible to pinpoint just one thing I like about you."

35. "You're my person."

36."You are so special to me."

37. "I know it's impossible to measure happiness. But on a scale of 1, being not happy, and 10 being super happy, I'd be at 1,000,000,000."

38. "You're the peanut butter to my jelly."

39. "You're like a brother to me."

40. "You're like a sister to me"

41. "Sometimes I catch myself smiling when I think about all the good times we have had together."

42. "When I'm with you, my heart feels funny. But a good kind of funny."

43. "Did you get enough sleep last night?"

44. "If someone told me a secret, and asked me not to tell anyone... I would tell you."

45. "I don't think about how I look in my Snapchats anymore, I know you don't judge me."

46. "You're kind of an a**... but you're my a**."

47. "Want a hug?"

48. "Come talk to me!"

49. "We should adopt identical puppies and be neighbors when we're older so we never are too far apart."

50. "You're the one I text when I need to smile.

51. "I dislike a lot of people. But I dislike you the least."

52. "I would only be a little embarrassed to be seen with you in public if you were wearing plaid on plaid."

53. "I would shave my legs for you."

54. "Every time I kiss you I can't help but smile."

55. "I've been told I am a great listener, tell me everything."

56. "I will always be here for you."

57. "Have you noticed that some of your attitude and behaviors have rubbed off on me?"

58. "You are so funny."

59. "Right here, right now: you are my number one priority."

60. "Are you ever gonna introduce me to your family???

61. "Want the last chicken nugget?"

62. "Let's grow old together."

63. Sometimes, actions speak louder than words

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This Valentine's Day, Choose To Give Love Instead Of Chocolate Or Flowers

It's a day for people to pause and reflect on whether they are showing important people in their lives that they love, care about and appreciate them.

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I'm looking forward to Valentine's Day this year. Mostly due to the fact that I'm a hopeless romantic so I secretly enjoy mushy holidays like this, but also because I think I'm finally understanding what it all means.

A little while ago, I was curious and looked up the history of Valentine's Day. Some of it was kind of dark, not gonna lie, but one legend stood out to me. This particular legend speaks of a priest who was arrested and jailed for performing illegal marriages. While in jail, he met and fell in love with the warden's daughter but sadly, he was sentenced to be executed. However, before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "from your Valentine."

Valentine's Day today is, fortunately, not as gruesome and dramatic as this legend suggests but it hit me upon reading this that there is something symbolic to be drawn from this story. Thankfully, most of us (hopefully all of us) do not have to worry about being executed. However, we do have the stress and daily grind of life to deal with. With all this constant mess we surrounding us in life, it's easy to forget about the people we love. Slowly but surely we start taking them for granted and putting their feelings more and more on the back burner of our mind.

That's why Valentine's Day is so great. It's a day for people to pause and reflect on whether they are showing important people in their lives that they love, care about and appreciate them. This is something that can't be done by throwing flowers and chocolate at someone. Those things are nice, but if they come with no thought, they are useless. Giving someone flowers one day out of the year will not make them feel loved. Instead, it's better to use Valentine's Day as a yearly checkup to reflect on how much selfless love and appreciation you give to people in your life who truly deserve it.

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