"Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap." - Joel Barish, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
My sentiments exactly, Joel. Eternal Sunshine came out in 2004. I can't freakin' believe it has been nine years already. NINE YEARS. The film that changed my life. It made me want to become a writer. It made me want to fall in love. It made me want to be Joel Barish and it made me want to meet Clementine Krasinski. Nine years later and I'm not Joel, I'm still Martin. I haven't met Clementine, she doesn't exist. I may not be a full time writer, I may still need a day job to survive, but I'm getting there. One word at a time.
I could write an entire essay about why I love Eternal Sunshine and why I hate Valentine's Day but I won't bore you with all that. Whatever you do today, enjoy the shit out of it. And that person you love the most, if you're lucky enough to have somebody to love and whom reciprocates that feeling, love the shit out of them. And show them. But do it every day. Not just today. Don't take that shit for granted because it may not last forever.
Tonight I am going to watch Eternal Sunshine, with a cup of tea, and I will still recognise myself in Joel Barish and I will still want to meet Clementine and I'm still a writer and I'll still want to fall in love. But I'll be happy. And someday, somewhere, somebody will ask me to meet them in Montauk.