Red, Pink, and Blue

Surrounded by couples, the majority of people feel bitterness. Even in our melancholy, we find no solace as six-foot teddy bears smack us in the face (and nearly plow us over). Despite our mom buying us chocolate, the day has a drape of depression clouding the promise of a functional relationship.

Many Longhorns feel apathetic during the supposedly cheerful holiday. Others look forward to the holiday because of the kindness they receive; that warm fuzzy feeling that sickens the rest of us. The promise of heart-shaped cookies resonates with our need for distractions but is an empty hope as our loved ones’ flaws become more apparent as we approach adulthood.

An anonymous student associates the day with feeling lonely. It also reminds her of romantic disappointments.

 “It’s lame,” the student claims. 

Another anonymous student shared that Valentine’s Day is their least favorite holiday because it accomplishes the opposite of what it should. Instead of enjoying the day, the student feels unloved and alone.

 “It is my yearly reminder that I am single,” the Longhorn stated.

While the day itself is not pleasant, junior Sareena Rama believes the sweets are worth it. The red, pink, and white decorations make a discouraging day feel brighter. However, she feels melancholic overall. She thinks couples don’t have to try to put together a magical date.

“I feel jealousy when I don’t have a Valentine while all my other friends have significant others in their lives,” Sareena elaborated.

Although the holiday is meant to uplift our loved ones, it seems to have an inherent feeling of heaviness for those without a valentine.