Cut all the ties…

As the January sales draw to an end and sudden flourishes of pink hearts and red roses fill the shops, it can only mean one thing, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

It’s that time of year again where we are encouraged to express our affection with various (commercialised) gifts and romantic gestures, why?

Because that’s what everyone else is doing right?!

Now I am not a cynic, I love a good rom-com as much as the next person and I am a sucker for cards!

But while on February 14th, love may be in the air, is it really something that we need to share?

As a nation we seem to be living our lives through social media with the ability to share exactly what we are doing as we are doing it, at our fingertips.

I, too, am guilty of this, but it seems that so little now is kept private.

We no longer enjoy our lives ‘in the moment’, but rather through our phone screens so that others know we are there.

You only need to look at the TV coverage on New Years Eve to see that nearly every person was watching the fireworks display through their camera phones to share their ‘experience’!

It seems that we don’t just share a card with our loved ones anymore, in fact, we no longer share our lives with that one person.

I guarantee that come Valentine’s Day this year, my news feed will be filled with images of gifts that people have received, ‘check ins’ of people at various romantic places and couples ‘selfies’.

I will make a point this year of avoiding social media and sharing the day with the person who I genuinely want to share my life with. And for those singletons amongst us whose most dreaded day of the calendar year is Valentine’s Day, I urge you to get off Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and to forget the facade that they create.

We spend so much time comparing everyone’s seemingly wonderful, not to mention online, lives, with our own.

Let us indulge in our own lives for a day and forget what everyone around us is doing.

Embrace the true meaning of St Valentine’s and celebrate love, regardless of your relationship status, pander to a little self-love.

Article by Kat Bransby