Love is (not) in the air ~

Valentine’s day and what is more romantic than writing a Chemistry midterm today? That’ll make sure there’s “chemistry” in the room, with the other 100 students! I remember Valentine’s day back in elementary school; making envelopes and exchanging cards and candies with each other. Even back then, there were people who wouldn’t get as many cards and if the box of cards my parents got me had only 20 cards, then my favourite 20 people would get a card. Valentine’s day seems to make people seem excluded from love, friendship, and can remind people how lonely they are. Is it really necessary to have a day to show your love to your loved ones? Shouldn’t that be everyday? And as for a special day for that special someone…doesn’t your anniversary count? Valentine’s day was named after St. Valentine, who married people against the law and then fell in love with his jailer’s young daughter, writing a letter signed “from your Valentine”. Then it was believed that birds mated on February 14th in the 14th century and thus love was associated with Valentine’s day (from what I gather from http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm).

It’s always so cute seeing people with flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s day, but it can remind us of loved ones that we’ve lost, and sometimes seeing everyone else in love while you’re out of love doesn’t feel that great. Valentine’s day for me other than having lots of chemistry, will be spent with friends. Why not use this day of love to show how much you love/value your friends? It doesn’t have to be romantic love, there’s many different kinds of love: storge (family love), philia (friendship love), eros (romantic love), and agape (unconditional love). If I was not stuck at school for the whole day and didn’t have to study for the past week, I had planned to make Valentine’s day cards and distribute them to random strangers. Who doesn’t like receiving a little note of encouragement, knowing that someone does care? Maybe next year that plan will go into action. Just some thoughts about Valentine’s day. Now back to studying…=(

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