February 2021

the yellow rose of valentine

I never celebrate Valentine’s Day as I find it over-commercialized and unfair. Why is it that it’s addressed to couples only? Shouldn’t be in fact a celebration of love, regardless of one’s status, single or not? This is the day when single people feel depressed even if they enjoy their single-ness and it always makes me angry because it became a day of exclusion when it should be one of inclusion. We should celebrate love everyday and maybe, just maybe celebrate it more today – love of self, love of family and friends. To keep in line with the tradition of roses in this day, I painted one – albeit an yellow one – to remind us that love has many colours and many ways to be expressed and felt. Happy Valentine’s Day!