As we all know, or if you don’t, the Grinch is that despicable Dr. Seuss character who hated Christmas. He eventually stole it but all of this was on account of the fact that he had a small heart. So small, the love and joy that came with Christmastime was too much for him to bear.
No, there’s nothing wrong with my calendar, like you, I’m also very much in the month of February. The month of love that brings with it Valentine’s Day… A-ha! You just rolled your eyes. Now do you see what I’m talking about? That’s why this article is for you, you Grinch of Valentine’s.
Do well to read it with an open heart, even if it’s small.
Here’s 5 mentalities to bury this Valentine’s:
Why do we only show love on one day?
Yen yen yen. There’s 365 days in a year, 24 hours in each. And to be alive to witness this, your heart must have been pumping blood. If you didn’t use that same organ to feel and receive love, that’s all on you.
Look around you, there’s always love somewhere, everywhere, not just on the 14th of February. Valentine’s Day is simply a day set aside especially for the super essential human emotion that is love. Get with it.
‘What’s all the fuss about Valentine’s?’
All hail Stone Cold Grinch Austin! Ahan, so a day dedicated to the core of human existence – love, is a problem to you? Wow.
Even though the origin of Valentine’s Day is coated in mystery, word has it that St. Valentine’s was a priest who lost his life conducting marriages for young lovers. He lost his life by going against the emperor’s orders. He bled to keep love alive.
But you want to seat in your corner and judge people for celebrating such noble sacrifice?
Please o, dear Grinch, na love we wan love we no kill pesin. So, this Valentine’s, thou shall not judge people for wearing the reddest red or for spending heavily. It’s all for the sake of love. Period.
‘Who Love Epp?’
Na dem, the ones that don’t have heart but are masquerading as human beings, well done. But please, if love hasn’t helped you, it has helped the person next to you and the person next to that person too. I mean life is hard enough without having love killers on deck.
So, this Valentine’s, whether or not you have a lover, what we will not be doing is to hate on lovers showing love. And if you want a valentine so badly, feel free to show yourself love or instead show love to family members or the less privileged around you. What goes around comes around and love will eventually reward you as a result.
‘Abeg, it’s for women’
The last time I checked, love is felt with the heart and not the female reproductive organ. So please, how can Valentine’s Day only be for women?
EVERYONE, needs love. In fact, it’s the lack of it that makes you a bad belle like the Grinch. Think about it, do you really want to be the Grinch of Valentine’s when you can instead show and receive love?
So, dear men, this Valentine’s, don’t let the patriarchy deceive you and stop you from expecting and receiving gifts. You’re not a pot of burnt beans, you deserve love too.
‘Valentine’s Is only for lovers’
Haba! History organised a free for all, it didn’t say ‘no ankara, no semo’ or ‘RSVP’ or ‘first hundred only’ and most importantly, it didn’t say ‘if you no get lover, ma wole o.’
So why have you chosen to exclude yourself from the celebration of love?
Touch your heart, isn’t it beating? Does it not pump blood and emotions for you? What else do you need?
Dear ma and sir, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Grinches and lovers, this life is only one, if you don’t love how you want to be loved, regardless of whether it ends in tears or not. Or notwithstanding the fact that you do not have a boo or bae, life will still end.
So, this Valentine’s don’t let love pass over and under you. Instead, let it pass through; shop for your loved ones on OList and have yourself a lovely Valentine’s Day.