Working retail of course i know that Valentine's day is going to be apon us sooner then we realize, which is why I have been thinking about it quite a bit lately. I have never been one of the holidays biggest fans, in part because I have almost always been single for it and in other part because it is such an over hyped spectacle.
Even though I'm in a relationship I'm still not jazzed that it's almost here, for one thing both of us work that day (as well as live an hour apart) which just about kills the day from the start. Then secondly is the outside presure that, that day must be the most over the top romantic day. Now don't get me wrong I like romantic, and I like being romantic, however forced romance is not something im good at or like. maybe I'm odd, but when I feel expected and presued to be romantic and show my love is when I find doing so to be hard and unpleasant. I find that when I'm preoccupied with having to be so, is when im actually less so, then even when making a little daily remark.
Not to mention that for me I find it hard to put my feeling down, on the spot in writing just because its whats expected. It's like without the right context and general atmosphere I'm left more trying to be true to the ideas of others then of my own. It's almost like because it's expected any gestures are less romantic on Valentine's day.
To me business have done to good a job makeing it commercial to the point that it no longer has any real meaning to it. I personaly would like to see it scaled back, back into something that has real meaning, but maybe thats just me.