It’s officially February, which means that we are coming up on a long stretch of five-day school weeks in a row, making March the second-worst month, next to February. Except now we have that week-long break in the middle of the month. Not sure what that’s about, but I’m not complaining. February is also typically known as the month of love, which, in my opinion, is one of the stupidest ideas ever. You may ask, why? So many reasons.
February 14th, Saint Valentine, Valentine’s Day, whatever you want to call it, is objectively the worst holiday ever—whether you are single, married, dating, or even maybe a little bit complicated. It adds a weird amount of pressure to the day that just does not need to be there.
Imagine you’re sitting at lunch with all of your friends, and all of a sudden they’re talking about their plans for the night. You’re confused because it’s Monday, right? You zone out of your school-day haze to start listening and realize they’re talking about plans with their potential love interest. You, not having one, immediately realize that you will spend your Monday night doing homework, which all of a sudden feels more shameful than it usually does. Since when is doing homework on a Monday something to be ashamed of?
We can also imagine that, on the rare occasion that you are lucky enough to be in a relationship, February rolls in, and now you have to buy a present? There’s an added pressure to buy a good gift, spend some extra money, etc. But honestly, for what? If you’re in a relationship, yeah, gifts are nice, but what is the point of getting gifts if you’re getting them practically every time something mildly important happens? They lose their value.
I also hate to say it, so sorry in advance, but very rarely do high school relationships last. There’s typically one relationship in every class that can make it into the first few years post-graduation. My best friends’ parents are the only people I know who made it through high school, college, and all the other important stuff and are still standing. But, let me tell you something: they don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. With birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, and life, they just don’t have time. Valentine’s Day calls for maybe an extra episode of their TV show, but no presents, no chocolates, no fancy restaurants, just simple, easy life. Which personally, I think makes more sense than making a big deal out of another day in the week. Honestly, life would just get in the way.