|Robert Indiana Love Stamp|
What I find destructive is the unnecessary and insidious pressure that this holiday exerts on singles. Singles are made to feel as though they are imperfect halves longing to be made whole by becoming part of a couple. This makes Valentine's Day a holiday built on exclusion (and longing) rather than inclusion (and belonging), haves versus have-nots (read: halves verses halves-not). The romanticized notion of being completed by another person certainly means big money on February 14th each year, and retailers like See's Candy would certainly report lower yearly earnings if February 14th was just another day. I don't know about you, but I have never defined who I am by whether or not I was in a relationship. That has always seemed like a very dangerous way to evaluate my self-worth.
To this I say, It takes a hell of a man (woman) to take the place of no man (woman) at all!
And in the event that you are recently single then here's the best anthem to get you through it (and one of the BEST covers)!