Angst Away! The Cure for that Valentine’s Stench!

(originally published 02/15/14)  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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11 responses to “Angst Away! The Cure for that Valentine’s Stench!

  1. We didn’t do anything remotely Valentine-y yesterday. We ate chili and watched House of Cards and played in the snow. It was a lovely day 🙂
    I really liked your Labor Day metaphor. Good stuff!

  2. Was it Valentine’s Day? I thought it was my cat’s 4th birthday. We had a party. 🙂

  3. I spent my V-Day eating noodles and then a bunch of cheap chocolate from the store, and having a marathon of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.. Being single rocks 😛

  4. Is it wrong that after reading this I wanted to get a shamrock tattoo on my ass!
    Your blogs crack me up!
    By the way I am no way Irish 🙂

    • It is not wrong. I’ve got a shamrock tattoo concealed somewhere and I’m pretty happy with it. You should give it a try. Thanks for the compliment on my blog!

      • Well if Phil one of my favourite bloggers has got one.. Why the hell not!
        No thanks needed, were on the same humour wavelength and its me that should be thanking you for making me smile!
        I only wish you could read mine back except I am a novice to all this and only have two and when I click on the link via my comments bloody WordPress says it isn’t there but I know it is..
        So I shall have to get my technology handbook out (much better at writing random blogs then this techno lark) and figure that out!

        Keep up the good fight of these cracking blogs! Your a legend! X

      • Well thanks. If we’re on the same humor wavelength then I’d better find my way to your blog. You’re obviously a genius! I’ll just type it into my browser.

  5. Love that Romeo and Juliet meme. I wish I’d seen it earlier this week

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