Angst Away! The Cure for that Valentine’s Stench

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s Angst Away! The body spray that covers up your pure hatred of Valentine’s Day! Can you smell it? A day after Valentine’s Day the smell of romantic angst everywhere is starting to fade.


Look, I don’t have all the answers in life. I’m just a boy, standing in front of a computer asking you to read my blog, which in my world equates to love. If I get that little “like” click or God forbid, (gasp), a comment, I suddenly turn into Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch. Yeah, how’d that work out for you Tom?

Back to Valentine’s Day. Scrolling through my blog feed yesterday I saw/read more Valentine’s Day angst than I’ve ever seen. Some were trying to identify the perfect Valentine’s Day, some wanted to promote the even keel approach to showing love every day, and others decried the whole holiday as a giant societal “F you” to anyone who doesn’t currently have a romantic partner.

My thought is this: Jeez, lighten up everybody. Valentine’s Day is not out to get you. It’s not out to tell you anything about your life. Do you get upset around Labor Day because other people work harder than you? Don’t be an idiot. Your perspective is like a telescope. You only see what you choose to aim it at. Over the past several years most of American society has been completely nuts for The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, both very romantic shows. Well guess what? I don’t care. I’m sure they’re great TV shows, but they’re not a big deal for me. If people want to enjoy those shows, great for them. It’s fun to have something in common to talk about with others, but I don’t think I’m an incomplete person because I don’t watch them and I don’t stress if I missed the season finale.

Valentine’s Day should be treated the same way. If you don’t like it, change the channel, focus on something else. I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I’ve noticed a pattern. Valentine’s Day happens every year on February 14th, then it goes away, and guess what? You’re still here and so is everyone else. You’d better keep your guard up though because St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and those happy Irish folks are also out to make you feel bad because you don’t have a shamrock tattooed on your ass. (I’m not saying I do or don’t. It might just be an example.)

Like I said, I don’t have all the answers. I have a blog and my perspective. You have your perspective too, and you can change it if you want. Have a great weekend and if you liked #ThePhilFactor show me a little love by hitting the Facebook, Twitter, reblog, or other share button below.

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12 responses to “Angst Away! The Cure for that Valentine’s Stench

  1. I really want to see you jumping up and down on a couch like Cruise… Is this comment sufficient enough to make that happen?

  2. I went out yesterday in a St. Paddy’s Day shirt. How’s that for redirection? 😀

  3. Valentine’s Day rocks! Now go all “Tom Cruise” on your couch!

  4. Focus on something else? But to find humor in the negative; you know, it’s kind of my thing and Valentine’s Day is such an irresistible target!

    • I wasn’t trying to single out anyone in particular with my comment. I certainly enjoy all the hoopla surrounding the day because it makes an ordinary day different.

      • I know Phil. No offense taken, I promise you. I guess my comment was just missing the LOL. I actually hate the LOL so I don’t like to use it, but without it I think people don’t always get the idea that so much of what I say is in jest. From now on, always assume that what I am saying is, at the very least, tongue in cheek.-A Loyal Follower

  5. Nothing quite like reading a no-nonsense perspective, Phil!

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