As if you needed reminding, it’s Valentines Day next week. Dreading it? Looking forward to it?
There are different types of Valentines people
This person would rather not celebrate Valentines at all, and sees all the hype as something created by Hallmark and emphasised by companies wanting to sell heart-related products.
The anti-Valentines person
This can be due to a variety of reasons. One person may be disgusted at how this day becomes all about couples disgustingly flaunting their sloppy smooches and togetherness. Or they just want to celebrate being single/observe Singles Awareness Day. The person in a relationship doesn’t see why they need a particular day to celebrate it, and sit in a restaurant with lots of other couples to compare themselves with, or have their special day made less special by everyone else celebrating it with them, and not very privately either.
The Hopeless Romantic person
This person bought their partner’s gift box in January and is crossing off the days on their calendar. Or they order an exceedingly luxurious gift/outrageously big bunch of flowers – (aka Ross to Rachel in Friends). They may plan the whole evening and create the perfect setting complete with rose petals and candles. They may tell their partner they love them for the first time, just because they have an excuse.
The singleton may increase their online dating activity or go speed dating on the off-chance of finding love for Valentines. They may even message random good looking people in the hope that it may lead to something. They may post a card to someone they admire, or make a big gesture, such as shaving their chest hair into a heart.
The Conditional person
The All-Encompassing person
This person involves friends and family in their Valentines cards/gifts, They don’t see why only people in relationships should celebrate it, or they believe that love in general should be celebrated and not just romantic love.
The Peer-Pressured person
This person feels the need to hook up with/go on a date with someone because everyone else seems to be doing something and they therefore feel they should.
The Last-Minute person
This person forgot all about it until they heard people at work discuss it/drove home/got home/got home and realised their partner was going to make the evening uncomfortable and impulse-bought.
The “Test” person
This person sees Valentines as a day where their partner will pass or fail them, and tries to find out what their ideal gift is and then deliver what their partner is expecting (if it’s in order to get top marks and therefore results see Conditional person).
The Apathetic person
This person doesn’t get caught up in the hype – it’s just another day.
Which are you? Or is there a category that needs adding?
The Unconventional person
These people don’t see why they need to be told how to celebrate. They celebrate in any way they want. E.g. scaring themselves silly with a horror film and leaping into each others laps for “comfort”
The Self-Love person
This person takes the time to love who they are on Valentines. They may spend time loving others all year and forget about themselves. My mum falls into this category, and she always treats herself to something. This can also be people whose partners are away.