and having these overtly hetero-biased and Happily-Ever-After ideologies reinforced in school; that and also being a romantic at heart, I fell into the mold of Valentine's Day and at the same time rejected the idea of needing a "holiday" to acknowledge and express these feelings. And as I continue to get older, now in my late twenties, walking into any store with it's heart-shaped balloons, candy boxes, and chocolate covered strawberries, I can't bring myself to engage in any of it, whether I'm involved with someone or not. Not only is it another obnoxious overdone display of how capitalism has taken a hold of another holiday--detracting from what it's supposed to be about--but it's also based in Christianity, which is something I struggle with (as an adult) during all of the holidays my family has celebrated since I was born. Being raised Catholic, but not practicing or having many, if any, positive associations with organized religion in general, it seems more out of familial obligation that I celebrate any of them. I digress from the topic at hand, and won't turn this into a rant against holidays, because I don't disagree with celebration, I just disagree with the insane display of consumerism as opposed to actual meaningful time spent and love shared. Honestly, I love giving and receiving cards, and I definitely don't have anything against chocolate, but there's something special and sweet about it being a random act of kindness as opposed to being willed upon us from some outside source.
(For my vegetarian and vegan friend's I offer you fruit)