Valentine’s Day in this century has commercialism scrawled all over it. Hallmark cards, flowers, candlelit dinners, anatomically incorrect hearts: all icons of the money-hungry holiday. Even single people aren’t safe from V-Day marketing. Notice how “50 Shades of Grey” is being released on the day of love? I guarantee that was targeted toward galentines celebrators. Retailers are eager to tell you exactly, no matter what your relationship status, what you need to spend money on. But how incredible would it be if the holiday were more than this?
Imagine this: a single day of the year when all wars and arguments were silenced in honor of a ceasefire. Picture the affluent and homeless gaily conversing over a warm, hearty meal. Think of awe-struck phlebotomists rushing to keep up with the abundance of blood donors. Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if everyone burned with this selfless passion? If everyone were driven by this sentiment:
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
I want this world. Even if only for one day a year. I don’t want to indulge in targeted love, finding the perfect gift for my boyfriend, single friend, mom, etcetera. I want to spread an infectious love to everyone I interact with. This year, my Valentine’s gift guide will be random acts of kindness and appreciation.
Maybe I’ll pay for the person behind me in the drive-through. I could go donate blood. Or perhaps I’ll write a thank you note to my mail man/woman. I could tip my waiter 100% of my check instead of 20%. All I know is this Valentine’s Day I’m going to start taking action toward a day of selfless humanity. Who’s with me?