I have nothing against romance, love, or intimacy, in the least; I just enjoy doing things on my terms.
I’ve never been the type of girl who goes big for Valentine’s Day.
Scratch that. When I was a little girl, it was arguably my favorite holiday as I was nothing short of obsessed with those little conversation hearts. I ate them as if they were about to be discontinued. Now that I think of it, I’m pretty sure those hearts are majorly to blame for each of my cavities. Fast forward to adult life, when the fun of exchanging Valentines with classmates (and hopefully your crush) is replaced with the pressure to buy into Hallmark’s idea of the “perfect” Valentine’s Day and you end up where I am, desperate to do anything else other than act romantic on this silly holiday. Yes, anything.
My lack of anticipation around #Valentine’s Day could also be attributed to the years of #Valentine’s Days I spent as a waitress, mainly existing as a vehicle to ensure that some other couple enjoyed their evening together. Call me cynical, but I just don’t agree with the notion of being forced to celebrate your relationship along with millions of other couples, on one specific day.