Why Valentine’s Day?

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.”

What IS Valentine’s Day?

Why do we celebrate love with such aplomb specifically on this day?  What’s so special about Feb. 14th??

There aren’t a plethora of details about the beginnings of this ‘adore’able holiday.  But basically it stems back to the 14th century.  To commemorate the day of the death of St. Valentine (Feb. 14th) the tradition to show appreciation and affection for our loved ones began.  Cards, chocolates, and flowers are the conventional gifts but due to the competitive nature of our society dinner out, grand gestures, diamonds, and a bended knee proposition is now the norm.

One must ask…what’s up with the other 364 days a year?

Seriously, I am a hopeless romantic.  And I love the effort and excitement of an enthusiastic lover on Valentine’s Day.  But a part of me (the really stubborn, also highly romantic, part that is attached to my heart) keeps nudging me.  “Why is this all necessary?”  When you’re in love, shouldn’t you have the burning desire to show the object of your affection each and every day just how very special they are??

When you wake up on May 3rd, do you want to pull your lover into your arms and say, “Good morning you beautiful creature!”

When you come home from work on July 15th, do you kiss your sweetheart and say, “Wow, you look amazing today!”

When you feel sad on September 24th, do you call your honey and say, “Darling, I’m having a really bad day and I know the sound of your voice will make it better?”

If no….Why the hell not???

Here’s the deal.  You only live once.  You should be with the person who makes you want to be a better person.  You should show that person how much you appreciate them…every single day.  And you should revel in the beauty of love!  ‘Cause Man, It Is Beautiful!

Live.  Love.  Find the Fire in Your Relationship.

Action Step: Your challenge is to go out, have fun, Do Up Valentine’s Day.  Then make a concerted effort to make Valentine’s Day the LEAST romantic day of the year…Because you plan on showing your sweetheart how very much you love them…every single day.


About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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1 Response to Why Valentine’s Day?

  1. Nana says:

    I’m with you on this one, Heather. I enjoy Valentine’s Day, but I don’t need to wait for it to buy Kellie chocolates or to take her to dinner. Hallmark makes a killing on V. Day. That’s what it’s really all about – the $$$. Oh well. Next year, we’ll do it all over again…

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