Feb. 14 can be a polarizing day for people. For some, it’s filled with love and affection wrapped in a pretty, red bow as cupid plays the harp.

For others, it’s a loud reminder of how single you may be or it’s viewed as a desperate attempt at showing affection at the expense of your wallet.

At age 29, I’ve seen my fair share of Valentine’s Days, and I have come to realize one thing: There’s room for everyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether you’re in a relationship or not.

Let’s peel back the pink and red ribbons, and get to the true meaning: Showing love to others.

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If You’re In a Relationship

If you are in a relationship, there is a 99.99% chance that your significant other will expect some type of loving gesture, but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to break the bank.

From the perspective of a woman in a straight relationship, I can say some of the most meaningful gestures of love have come without a price tag. If you want to get the expensive bouquet of flowers, do it, but pair it with a love letter or print out your favorite picture together.

To me, meaningful messages of love are priceless.

If You’re Single

If you are single, I understand why Valentine’s Day is hard. While everyone is walking around with hearts in their eyes, you may still be on the hunt for the perfect partner. But here’s a thought: Get together with your closest friends and express your love for them.

I’m not saying kisses and love notes. Show them an appreciation for their friendship over the years by gifting them their favorite candy, or give them a card and tell them how much they rock.

When is the last time you told your best friend how much they mean to you?

Basically, Spread the Love on 2/14

In its simplest form, Valentine’s Day is about showing love and appreciation for the special people in your life. If your love language is a fancy meal for two, do it, but expressing your love doesn’t have to break the bank.

Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is approaching. Take the opportunity to tell the people in your life that you love them, cherish the relationships you have, and indulge in a box of chocolates. Or two.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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