Have you ever been in love? Do you remember walking on sunshine and smiling at everyone you meet? Isn’t it wonderful being in love?
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’ve noticed something odd. A lot of non-consumers, environmentalists, treehuggers and green living people seem to really dislike Valentine’s Day! All over the eco-part of the internet it’s “It’s a consumer’s holiday, made up by Hallmark“, “I love my significant other every day of the year“, “Bah Humbug!“. Okay, nobody actually said that last one, but it does represent the general feel of it all. Many of these people refuse to participate in any aspect of the holiday, simply because they focus on the consumer aspect of it. But aren’t all holidays focused on consuming? Does that mean we should stop celebrating them all together? Should we stop celebrating life?
I’m here to tell you it’s OK to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and being bitter about it won’t make you a better person.
First of all, as with all holidays, you decide how much you are willing to spend and how green you are willing to make it. I’ve already written a lot about non-consumer gift giving, so I’m not going to get into that right now. Bottom line; you don’t have to be a consumer to give someone a gift.
And yes, of course you love your significant other every day of the year. At least I hope so, or you may have some soul-searching to do. But loving someone and going out of your way to celebrate that love are two very different things. Valentine’s is a day of romance, a day of reminding someone how much you appreciate them and showing you’re not taking them for granted. It’s a day to stop and think about how special your bond is. Of course you don’t need a special day to do that, neither do you need an internet connection, but you still have one. Valentine’s Day is there so why would celebrating love on any other day be any better? Perhaps it’s time to stop being bitter and start enjoying life a little.
On Valentine’s we celebrate love. And if you don’t think it’s worth celebrating, I really pity you. Love is, without a doubt, the single most powerful force in the universe. Love is what makes people want to make a better world. Love is what moves people to action. Love opens their eyes and makes them care for one another. Love is what writes this blog. Love is what makes my baby girl grow inside my tummy. Love made her as it made me.
Without love, we wouldn’t care enough to want to save our planet.
Without love, there’d be no point in trying to…
Love and Gree(n)tings,