The true meaning of Valentine

February for some time has been considered the month of romance. Legend has it that Saint Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter.

Before he was put to death he sent the first ‘valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it ‘Your Valentine’, which are words still used on today’s valentines cards. Based on Roman history February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages.
Nowadays, Valentine’s Day ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent.

Instantly when most think of Valentine’s Day, we think of ‘a made up holiday to spend money on pointless gifts that most likely we could do without.’ We fail to recognize Valentine’s Day for its initial history and its often misplaced meaning.

Valentine’s Day is a day recognized for those to celebrate love and happiness, growth and maturity, experience and progression.

This year I’ve noticed a lot more of my peers are looking forward to celebrate this upcoming holiday and I happen to be one of them.

For me Valentine’s is an opportunity for Babylove and I to go out on an extravagant date, exchange meaningful gifts, and celebrate our love on another holiday together memorably.

Then again, everyday with Babylove is Valentine’s Day for me. Every day we create new memories and grow stronger within our relationship with one another without needing an excuse or as some would say, “a pointless manmade holiday” to do so.

Some of you out there have prospects as to whom you would like to spend your V-Day with or send cute little anonymous gifts to. It’s a new year, a new beginning; take this day to be daring and spontaneous.

Surprise that one you’ve been waiting on to notice you; make someone else feel just as special as you feel for them, you never know what the outcome might bring.

For those out there feeling discouraged, don’t let the Valentine’s Day misconceptions fool you. You don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

In order to receive love, one must first love one’s self. Treat yourself to a lavish night out, just because.

Too many people go looking for love and wonder why this highly talked about feeling has failed them; well, it hasn’t. Everything takes time, patience, growth, and maturity.
You have to be fully prepared as an independent person before you can expect to be dependent on another person in a relationship. Relationships require a lot of time, dedication, and commitment, and aren’t to be taken lightly.

You learn so much about yourself as well as your significant other, and as a result you grow as a person within and outside of your relationship.

Often times, your outlook on life and lessons thereof change and become more mature. So instead of searching, start doing things to prepare yourself so that you are sure you are ready to embrace this challenge when it comes along.

And trust, when it comes along, it’s a feeling you will forever cherish and want to continue to strengthen. Happy Valentine’s Day!

“The rose is red, the violet’s blue
The honey’s sweet, and so are you
Thou are my love and I am thine
I drew thee to my Valentine
The lot was cast and then I drew
And Fortune said it shou’d be you.”

-English nursery rhymesGammer Gurton’s Garland(1784)