Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day

Faith Lininger, Staff

Valentine’s day…. Well, it’s not my favorite holiday, and it’s not a big enough holiday to get us out of school, but it’s still cherished by many. I went to the store the other day, and as far as I could see… roses, Valentine cards, giant stuffed animals, hearts. Anything to do with love, and it was there. I wanted to scream and run out!

Obviously, many take Valentine’s Day very seriously. Some like to pretend it doesn’t exist, and I must say, that was me for a long time, and usually still is. This year, though… I plan to do something a little bit different to celebrate. Now, I know what you’re thinking… Oh, no! She hates Valentine’s Day! She’s gonna ruin it!

No.

In fact, I plan to make it a great day for everyone. I plan to make sure everyone gets a Valentine’s day card. February 14th, during first and second lunch, hope you guys are ready for some fun, laughter, smiles, and happiness. I may not have a little bow and arrow that makes people fall in love, but I do know how to make people feel welcome, wanted, and happy. I’ve gone every year without Valentine’s Day cards from people who weren’t required to give me something.

No one needs to deal with that, so I’m hopefully gonna start a trend. I’ve talked to my friends, both at this school, and in other states. They’re spreading the news about my plan, and they hope to get everyone into the deal.

Valentine’s Day happens once a year, at the beginning of the year, and many people wish later on that they’d done something, or received something, and I am always one of those people. I’m gonna spread the love from our High School, to Florida. To Texas. To California. To New Mexico. To Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. Everyone deserves a bit of happiness. People who don’t like you? Yes, they do too. People you don’t like? Definitely them.

Kill them with kindness, am I right?

If you wanna help, but to a smaller scale, there is always the more discreet way of doing things. Lockers have gaps between the door and the walls for a reason! Mailboxes are always an option too. You don’t just have to do this for your friends and family, or boyfriends and girlfriends. Everyone deserves to feel love, whether it be expected, or not. Whether it be appreciated or not.

Doing this also benefits you, as well as the people you’re giving cards too. It gives you a chance to show people a side of you that they may not know. It gives you a chance to make others smile. If you aren’t making at least one person smile a day, then what are you doing with your life?

When I say smile, I don’t mean the kind of smile that comes to mind when we think of the girls from “Mean Girls”. I mean genuine, happy smiles, ones that only come when someone is truly surprised, or happy, or excited. What kind of smile do you expect people to wear on the day that is all about love?

A smile of greed?

A judging smile, maybe?

How about a smile that is so infectious, that everyone else smiles, too?

That’s the kind of smile and happiness that people should spread.

I plan to do this every year, even after I graduate, and I hope future High Schoolers continue it, until it becomes an expected thing. I want to spread this, not just through the schools of McPherson, but through all of Kansas, all of America. Maybe the whole world, if words gets far enough.

I spoke to one of my friends about it, knowing she and her friends wouldn’t be all that into it, and probably wouldn’t be able to do it, and i told her this:

“It isn’t a matter of if they Can, it’s a matter of whether they’re willing to show people the side of them that they might not know.”

People need to know the side of you that they’ve never seen before. You’re best side, is usually the one you feel the need to hide. People can be jerks, and people can hate you for showing your best side, but that doesn’t matter. This also gives you a chance to make yourself feel good.

Social Anxiety sucks, and that makes the willingness to do this harder, and I know that. My anxiety has skyrocketed in the past month, but if we don’t find a way to overcome it, we’ll have a hell of a time succeeding in life. Social Anxiety is just a roadblock on your way to success, and it’s not even really a big one.

As Carrie Underwood sang in her song, ‘So Small’:

“’Cause sometimes that mountain you’ve been climbing, is just a grain of sand, and what you’ve been out there searching for forever, is in your hands, and when you figure out love is all that matters after all, it sure makes everything else seem so small.

It’s so easy to get lost inside, a problem that seems so big at the time, it’s like a river that’s so wide it swallows you whole, while you’re sitting around thinking about what you can’t change, and worrying about all the wrong things, time’s flying by, moving so fast, you better make it count ’cause you can’t get it back.”

The meaning of those versus in the song So Small, is that no matter how big something seems, it shrinks drastically as you overcome it. Once you find love, those obstacles seem like the tiniest thing in the world.

What better way to get over those things, than by doing something nobody would expect you to do? By doing something that you yourself don’t fully believe you can accomplish?

Exposing myself to the whole lunch period terrifies me, and yet, I still want to do it, for all those people who might not receive a gift, or a show of affection. Everyone deserves a smile. Everyone deserves happiness. Everyone deserves love.

As Amy Poehler said,

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You deserve love, and you’ll get it.”

— Amy Poehler