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cristina11Senior Editor’s Note

By Cristina Jaramillo

Whether you embrace the mythical cupid or despise the commercial marketing phenomenon that the day has become, Valentine’s Day will arrive here soon enough. I have personally found myself on both sides of the spectrum: soaking in the holiday when I was dating my beau and dreading it when I was single.

But over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that Valentine’s Day is not a clash of the Titans: singles versus couples. (Although with the continuing writer’s strike don’t be surprised to see it play out as the latest reality TV spot in the coming weeks.) I’ve learned to take this unique holiday at face value—simply a celebration of love. Not just romantic love, but all kinds of love.

       And what’s wrong with celebrating such an incredible and complex feeling?! How often do you tell the people around you how you feel about them? I’d like to think that I do, but the reality is that I don’t say it nearly as much as I’d like to. That’s what Valentine’s Day offers – an opportunity to spread brotherhood and kindness. Whether that involves your family, friends, significant other or even strangers, this holiday celebrates the goodness of humanity and the most powerful feeling of all: LOVE. 

And just as each of us is unique, so is the way we immerse ourselves in this sweet revelry. A friend of mine gives herself the gift of beauty every year by ordering her makeup online. My roommate is all sorts of giddy thinking up cute ways to surprise her boyfriend. Meanwhile my feminist rebel friends are all convening at an expensive dessert restaurant to celebrate being single women. As for myself, I plan on doing something small but special for my – people who know me better than even myself at times and without whom my life would, well, suck.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, we’ve included several ways you can get involved this Valentine’s Day to help fill the world with a little more love. Whether it’s sharing your unique love of music; taking active measures to stop the atrocities like the one taking place in Congo; or joining an organization such as Locks of Love, which collects hair donated by volunteers and creates wigs for children with various forms of medical hair loss caused by cancer, severe burns and alopecia; however you decide to celebrate, take the opportunity this Valentine’s Day to do something good for someone else. Because in the end, all we need is love.

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