Real Talk w/Terry

5 Reasons Why I Hate Valentine’s Day

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU HATE VALENTINE’S DAY. Now that we are a little more than a week removed from Valentine’s Day – I must make a confession – I don’t particularly like, in fact, I hate Valentine’s Day. But, I like so many others, feel the pressure to participate in a forced day to show my love and appreciation for my loved ones!

ValentinesDay_ILoveYou2The sentiment of love and appreciation that is expressed on February 14 should be shown through-out the year. And me personally, I try to do just that – show my loved ones that I appreciate and love them randomly and authentically when I feel the unction to do so – and hate that I fall prey every year to the pressure to conform and participate in the highly commercial Valentine’s Day! I get it, not everyone is romantic, and not everyone will go the extra to express their feelings to their loved ones – so, we as a society need a designated day to do so. I’m not a modern day Scrooge, just a realist. I have my reasons for my strong disdain of V-Day.


  • Social Media overload – the over posting on social media about how wonderful one’s lover is and the need to post every single gift and sentiment,
  • The abundance of cheap, nasty candy – need I say more?! The OVER abundance of cheap, nasty candy – and to think I used to believe that there was no such thing as nasty chocolate,
  • Cheesy greeting cards – I can never find a card to say exactly and authentically what I want to say – there are tons of Valentine’s Day cards to choose from, but never ones that are authentic to what I would truly say to my loved ones, I could of course, just make a card – but I don’t want to come across as being too cheap to actually buy a card,
  • The “I’m Single & Sad crew” – when I was single (and not dating or attached) on Valentine’s Day, I must admit a time or two, I did fall into the trap of being angry and depressed on Valentine’s Day. This was short-lived as I’ve spent many Valentine’s Days alone as a single person and came to enjoy them like I would any other day. I learned to appreciate, love and celebrate myself – 24/7, 365 – not just on February 14,
  • AND my primary reason for hating V-Day is that ALL OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS ARE PACKED and have crazy wait times! I typically don’t mind waiting for a table or making a reservation, but on Valentine’s Day – because most couples do the obvious and go to dinner – wait times are ridiculously long and restaurants are stricter about reservations, if they accept reservations at all.

Check out Valentine’s Day is for Wimps and Happy SAD for more Valentine’s Day related reading. What do you hate or LOVE about Valentine’s Day?

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