Hearts, roses and romantic movies are staples for this time of year. So it is that time of year again, Valentine’s Day, and everyone is buying flowers or chocolate for the people they love. It just makes me sick.

Valentine’s Day is so overrated, and for those of us who are single and do not have anyone special, it just reminds us we don’t have anyone to spend the day of love with.

I will admit, I do love chocolate, but normally I am the one buying the chocolate the next day when the chocolate is on sale for 50 percent off the normal price.

But the notion of one day being all about love does not make sense to me. If you truly love someone, why do you have to show it on this one day? If you love someone, show it to them every single day and let them know that you mean a lot to them.

Why do we focus so much on this one day and how much we love one another? I made that mistake once, and it backfired miserably.

I was in sixth grade, and I had a huge crush on one of the girls in my English class. This was my first crush; I had never felt this way about anyone before, and it felt really weird.

I begged my dad to take me to Walgreens, and I bought a cheap box of chocolate and a small card. I even used my left hand to sign the card so she would not recognize my handwriting. I had my dad drive me to her house, I left the candy, card and a rose in a bag on her front door. I knocked on the door, ran to my dad’s truck and told him to drive away.

I was so embarrassed when she asked me about it the following week during lunch. I never told her the card was from me. Because I never acted on my feelings, she ended up dating one of my best friends. It broke my heart and has ruined Valentine’s Day for me since my freshman year of high school.

If I had just told her how I felt about her back then, things might have gone differently. If I had taken the time to show my love every single day, instead of waiting for that one day, I would be with the prettiest girl in that sixth grade English class.

So take this Valentine’s Day, and every day, to let people know how much you care about them.

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