My Epiphany about Valentine’s Day

Cat Mattis—Hey everyone!

My name is Cat. I am not really sure what to say, so I guess I’ll just wing it! This is my FIRST official post. (WOO!) I am a freshman and majoring in Psychology and Journalism/Broadcasting. I really enjoy getting involved in school activities and I am currently involved in the Leadership Development Program, Residence Counsel, the Overnight Host Program, 89.1 The Point, I work at Brockway, and now Winging It! My favorite activity right now is the radio station. I am training to be a DJ right now which is super awesome, so listen because you might be able to hear me on the radio soon!

ANYWAYS, now that you know who I am, I can talk about a more pressing issue… Valentine’s Day. I have always hated Valentine’s Day and to be honest…I’m not really sure why. Now, before you get all judgmental on me, no, it is not because I’m lonely and desperate and no one will love me! I have never had a bad Valentine’s Day, in fact, quite the opposite. Last year, I was in a kind of serious relationship at the time, the year before that I watched Star Wars and ate pizza (which was amazing), and the year before that I went out shopping with my friend and bought shoes, so there is no explanation as to why I have such a serious hatred for this holiday.

This hasn’t been a big problem until this year. I am in a committed relationship, and Valentine’s will be our six month. This left me conflicted because on one hand, WOW HALF A YEAR… and on the other…it’s Valentine’s Day. This led me into doing some very serious thinking about Valentine’s Day.

I realized something: this holiday has a very obnoxious reputation because of how it is shown on television. There are three people you can be: one half of an icky couple, a guy only after one thing, or a lonely girl looking for affection. Don’t get offended if you do not believe you fit into any of these categories! That was my problem too! To be part of an icky couple made my skin crawl, and it’s really insulting to be looked at as lonely, when I was perfectly happy being independent. These stereotypes made me hate the holiday, and I’m sure I am not the only one that felt like that.

Essentially, what I am trying to say is, there is no reason to hate Valentine’s Day, especially just because you are alone. Everyone has people around them who make them feel loved, so don’t feel like you have to be a lonely girl on Valentine’s night, because I assure you that you are perfect the way you are. In my case, I got really lucky to have an amazing boyfriend. Which, in case you were wondering, on our six months/Valentine’s Day we are going on a tour of Rolling Hills Asylum instead of just out to dinner. I’ll post a picture on my twitter (@bport_CAT) if the ghosts don’t steal my phone!

Stay beautiful, Brockport! ^_^

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