February 12 Editorial: Valentine’s is for everyone


Valentine’s Day is typically a holiday that singles prefer to reject. Couples wasting their money 

on boxes of chocolates, bouquets of flowers, and candle-lit dinners. Ew, right?


This is the wrong perspective. 


This cheesy holiday gives us the opportunity to take a step back and appreciate our loved ones. It’s a public service announcement to say, “I love you.”


The pandemic has allowed us to put things on pause more than ever. We made it through these trials thanks to those who helped us along the way. As human beings, we need companionship to survive. Valentine’s Day celebrates just that.


So choose to make the most out of it this day. Don’t view it as an annual reminder that you’re single. Consider it an opportunity to love one another. ‘Cause now more than ever, we could all use some TLC. 


Participate in Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day! Take advantage of the discounted chocolates and enjoy some time with your besties. Better yet, make it a self-care day. Curl up on the couch with a face mask and heart shaped Papa John’s pizza. 


Use the day to call the family members you’ve missed during the pandemic. Spread the love by leaving cookies outside your neighbors door. Pay for the person behind you in the drive through. 


These random acts of kindness are really just random acts of love. Remove the typical cliches of Valentine’s Day and focus on what it’s really all about. 


This isn’t meant to throw shade at those who are cuffed. The main message of this is that you don’t need a significant other to celebrate the holiday of love.


Not all love has to be romantic. Remember in grade school when we gave every single classmate cards and candy? Don’t hesitate to continue making those around you feel special.


So when Feb. 14 rolls around this weekend, enjoy it. Valentine’s Day is for everyone.