13 February 2015
In the past few years I’ve noticed the growing anti-Valentine’s Day trend more and more, and whilst I hold my hands up to being a bit of a romantic at times, I can understand why. If you only put effort into showing someone how you feel on one or two occasions during the year (if you count an anniversary or birthday as well) then what are you doing for the other 363 days?
When it comes to people who aren’t in relationships, there are plenty of reasons behind that decision, many of which simply come down to not having found the right person. Quite right too; if you haven’t found someone with the right values, don’t feel you have to compromise.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about buying cards and bunches of flowers, although they are nice from time to time. We should use it as an opportunity to think about the things we do love, whether they are people, places or even pets. Personally, the things I love are the most simple: my wife and kids, the buzz I get from walking through the office and seeing everyone again after a few weeks away, and the Welsh mountains – in the rain, in the sunshine, you name it.
One of the most interesting things I’ve ever learnt is that you can only feel one emotion at a time. So if you don’t like Valentine’s Day, try focussing on the things you’re grateful for instead. Trust me; it will make you feel a whole lot better.