Why I'm not 'ugh' about Valentines Day
For the last few years, I've woken up on the 14th February and have spent the entire day saying those magical three words and eight letters more times and to more people than I have in an entire year.
I always get a mixture of responses: "Aww, I love you too, babe", "Really? You kept that quiet", "Sorry, who is this?", "What do you want?" and, well, you get the picture - you've probably had it too.
There's a lot of negativity around the 14th February, also known to us as Valentines Day. It's a holiday created by the card industry, and we should be sharing the love all year round. I get it, I used to preach with the anti-Valentines tribe back in the day.
Back when I thought that love was something that could only be shared in intimate relationships.
Over the years, I've come to realise that I am in love with more people than only the man I choose to sleep next to. I love my family, my friends, the Brighton Girls, and even some of the writers and musicians who have enlightened my life with their work.
Whilst I know that the perfect human should share this love as often as they can, perfection is an idea, not a reality. Life is fast, busy and can tie you up in a whirlwind, where more days than most we all take each other for granted.
Valentines is the perfect opportunity to tell those people that, whilst I may not always stop to show it, I do love them
Please don't take this opinion piece as a suggestion that you should all run to the shop and buy gifts to shower your loved ones with - we all need to pay rent this year, after all.
Reading articles stating how much you should spend on your other half based on how long you've been together will never sit well with me either.
Stripped from the commercialisation of this holiday, Valentines is just one very simple request: whoever you love, wherever they are and however you love them, tell them - even if it makes them cringe.
Written by Pippa
Read more of her work over on pippasays.com