According to History.com, the roots of Valentine’s Day date back to a violent, ancient roman fertility festival held in mid-February called, Lupercalia. Later, the Christian church came along and changed Lupercalia to Valentine’s Day in order to purify the celebration. Before learning more about the holiday, I figured it was created by the government to stimulate the economy at the beginning of the year. I guess not…but in modern times, does Valentine’s Day still mean anything?
When I was growing up, I remember Valentine’s Day being one of the biggest highlights of the school year. It gave us an excuse to stuff ourselves with as many pieces of chocolate, and Necco sweethearts as we could. It also gave us an excuse to pass out Valentine’s Day cards to our friends, teachers and crushes. Valentine’s Day without a doubt evokes nostalgia, but the older I get the more I search for answers on this romantic holiday.
Being young is to be ignorant, impulsive and carefree. Yes, ignorance can be bad, but in some cases, it can be bliss. It seems the older we get, the more we let fear run and, in some cases, ruin our lives. Though we’re older now, we can use some of those tactics from our childhood to express our love and admiration. Whether it’s your family, friends, or that special someone. Fear can stop a lot of possibilities, I would know. But if this idea of being childlike was incorporated into our everyday routine, the possibilities of love and happiness would be endless.
I want you to close your eyes for thirty seconds and envision yourself back in grade school passing out Valentine’s Day cards and candy to your classmates. Imagine all the smiles on their faces as you go person to person. What do you feel? Joy, laughter, cheerfulness, nothing? Now, open your eyes! Passing out those cards, it wasn’t about you, but the happiness you kindled as they received your love in the form of something so simple.
When I first began writing this, I was positive that Valentine’s Day had no significance to my life. With more insight, it is clear Valentine’s Day is just a reminder to spread love. An opportunity to tap into the naive nature of who you once were. This is where the most authentic possibilities of love, and affection can truly exist.