So, tomorrow is Valentines Day..
And amongst all the last minute buying of chocolates and dinner reservations, lets take a step back and have a look at what Valentines Day is like for you and how it may have changed a little throughout the years
Looking back at Valentines Day history, it has many different meanings from strange tales of unrequited love to countless religious stories with some even involving beheadings? But whatever its origin, its safe to say it is a huge part of our lives and a day we will always remember.
I was really curious to see if there were any significant changes to Valentines Day cards from around the 50’s/60’s and whether they were just as soppy then as they are now. Surprising, a lot of the cards incorporate humorous elements to them, which can be a little less common these days unless you are purposely hunting them out.
I feel like now social media is around, some people use Valentines day as an excuse to show off how amazing their significant other is. For this reason it can put a lot of pressure on males and females to give something which shows how much they love you, but in quite a materialistic way.
However I think there are two types of people in the world, those who are a little less about the lovey dovey side of things, were they are drenched with flowers and pink teddy bears. As appose to those who prefer the more lighthearted jokey side and from these vintage cards its pretty clear to see little has changed in the world over the years.
Now don’t get me wrong, wanting your partner to show you love and affectation on Valentines Day isn’t you being high maintenance or wanting to brag. But there is a lot of pressure from friends, family and social media to make us almost feel ashamed or embarrassed if we don’t receive something like this, whether we want it or not. For instance, I’ve never been one to want love in the form of gifts or soppy cards, but I feel myself getting nervous as to whether my boyfriend has sent me a card or not. This isn’t because I’d be sad or offended if he didn’t but I don’t want to feel embarrassed if all my other couple friends received one apart from me. Sounds stupid I know, but if it wasn’t for this I’d be perfectly happy with a Valentines Day text.
No I’m not a Valentines Day hater, but the affections of your loved one shouldn’t be something you can hold, or take a picture of, it’s something really special that you two can share with each other.
Valentines day is meant to be a fun holiday you can spend with friends, family and your partner, so I think we should just ease off the pressure a little and look at the fun side, just like this card.