7 Reasons Why Valentine's Day Sucks
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7 Reasons Why Valentine's Day Sucks

New York City : NY : USA | Jan 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM PST
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

It’s that horrible time of the year once again. The so-called “love month” is upon us and I’m sure, most of you lovers out there are already planning how to spend this year’s Valentine’s Day. Come February 14th, reservations from fancy restaurants will be made, expensive gifts will be sent and ATM’s /credit cards will be used and abused all over the world.

While most people anticipate this dreadful day immediately after New Year’s Day, some of us approach its arrival quite differently. Every year, there is really no escape from the clutches of the half-naked flying archer babies. Even if you’re someone like me, you have this duty to fulfill to your loved one when the day arrives.

Call me what you want but this madness has to stop. It’s high time we remind ourselves that this day is just one of those commercially-manufactured, pseudo-celebrations we can do without. Valentine’s Day sucks and I have seven valid reasons why you should hate it the same way that we do.

1 .Duty calls

Whoever you are and wherever you come from, if you are a guy, you are expected to come up with a special Valentine’s Day gift or an appropriate romantic gesture for your significant other. Fail to do so and you’d end up being the lousy boyfriend/husband/partner.

2. Hell for the Singles

While everybody else are busy making plans or receiving gifts on this cursed day, it’s hell for those who do not have a significant other. Yes we can fake a few smiles here and there, but seriously, a great number of the population are totally left out. It’s as if this day is specially made to exclude and disregard the single people. If you’re single, this is definitely the day to destroy your self-esteem. Hang out with fellow loners to share the misery.

3. Love, DOES cost a lot

Valentine’s Day is one expensive event. It’s the time of year where guys would spend good money for cheesy poems written into overpriced greeting cards and scary teddy bears.

4. Where is the love?

It’s one season of the year where love actually becomes more of an obligation, rather than a natural occurrence. For a day, we are forced to be in love even if we are not.

5. Awful Music

Stay away from radio stations a week or so before Valentine’s Day if you don’t want to be bombarded with constant streams of sappy music. If you’re in a recent heartbreak or spending the month alone, it will be worse than mental and emotional torture.

6. Cupid Who?

The cute little winged boy with bow and arrows isn’t actually a cherub as what some of you may think. Cupid actually represents a “god of love and erotic sex” according to Roman Mythology. Yes, that’s right he’s a “god of love and erotic sex” from an ancient Roman Myth.

7. It’s a made-up holiday.

It is no longer a secret that Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark Holiday” and has been created to sell greeting cards, flowers, chocolates and teddy bears. Even the story of St. Valentine is a subject of debate and mystery. Try to look up who St. Valentine is and you’d uncover 14 different Catholic martyrs who may or may not be the saint you are supposed to be commemorating. Some sources say he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Catholic faith. According to others, he was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Not even a hint of connection to amorous relationships and sweet messages written on expensive paper.

These are just some of the reasons, why this year, I will be ignoring the overly-hyped season of "cheese". Valentine's Day may suck, but love certainly doesn't. Hopefully, we can all look past this insignificant day and instead express love every single day of the year. Let gift-giving be unforced and sweet messages come spontaneously the whole year round.

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