14 February. Look it up. It was just another Thursday on the calender of 2013.
People woke up to the much grim news on most television networks and media outlets on Thursday morning that Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius had been arrested in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Others however, woke up to their significant other bringing them breakfast in bed or being surprised with a text or phone call from the love of their lives, to wish them a “Happy Valentines Day”.
I however woke up, got dressed and went to work.
It was just another Thursday, and a hectic one at it. We had to cover the drama surrounding Oscar Pistorius (we mostly went with Reeva as she was more our angle), and do some other entertainment stories in between.
Then there was me organising some social mixers for the weekend and replying to the constant messages coming trough on my Blackberry.
Man, this day was hectic. It felt like a bit too much at times. And I think my head agreed.
It was just another Thursday.
After work, I had some leftovers from the previous evening, had a chat with my dad, watch some news on the telly for a while, and then my Mom and I finished up for our movie night.
We went to watch The Impossible (highly recommendable movie BTW) and we ended it with a nice cup of coffee before bed.
It was just another day…
So, before I am slammed by many for being against Valentines Day, let me be quick to point out that I do not have any problem with people who celebrate it.
I just prefer not to think that it’s a day meant to celebrate your hopeless crush on someone or spoil your significant other for the first time in a while.
Did I have a bad experience on Valentines Day? Yes. Did this taint me forever? No.
Just like some religions celebrate their own religious holidays in peace, I left many love struck people to celebrate Valentines Day in peace.
Did I get a Valentines message? I did.
You see. The thing is, we have blown events like Valentines Day way out of proportion. Commercialised it to our own benefit and gain. The true meaning has been lost.
My boss Sam, taught me what Lent is all about this week. BTW: She’s giving up chocolates, something I could never do, so I have to commend her for that.
After she taught me what she could about lent, I sat down and thought: Why is it that events like Lent aren’t given as much attention like Valentines Day? Why is the beginning of Lent, also know as Ash Wednesday, just another day on the calender to most? Something seemed horribly wrong with this.
Fine. We as humans have fulfilled ourselves with greed and other lustful pleasures, but seriously. Priorities do exist right? Have I missed something?!
All in all, 14 February was just another day on the calender for me. Commercialised at most, not even less than a “stupid” holiday in the back of my mind.
But, next year, I will most certainly be taking more notice of days such as Ash Wednesday, Ramadan, the Chinese New Year and Yom Kippur, who do not receive any attention, but conveys more message and true meaning than Valentines Day.
Oh, and by the way. I enjoyed my Thursday, thank you very much 😉