“A new command I give you; love one another” (John 13:34)

Sarah Stager '22, Staff Writer

From chocolate to hearts to cheesy declarations of love, Valentine’s Day has gained a reputation for being a very “lovey-dovey” holiday. While it’s good to have a day to recognize and celebrate the significant other in one’s life, I believe that the renowned “Day of Love” has had its focus clouded; becoming focused on only one type of love. Love is such a powerful emotion that is typically used to describe romantic tendencies. Yet, love can be directed towards so many people, like those that are victims of violence or depression.

For Valentine’s Day, instead of dwelling on the commercialized view of romance, try focusing on your own well being; go to dinner with your friends or family and tell your loved ones that you love them. Set a goal to try and make someone feel loved that day. Because, sadly, someone will feel unloved on Valentine’s Day, and a little bit of love can go a long way. Being alone on Valentine’s Day is not a bad thing— you can use the day to treat yourself! Whatever form you choose, whether it be meditating, relaxing, or something else entirely, try to show yourself love, because you deserve it. You also don’t need one day of the year to have a reason to show affection to other people; the other 364 days can be spent the exact same way. Always love yourself and others, and, remember, someone out there truly loves you.