Well, here we are again. Another year, another February 14–the bane of a single girl’s existence. Right?
Valentine’s Day is an interesting holiday for us on the single-side. When other people are holding hands, buying flowers, & preparing themselves for other date-like, romantic activities, we singletons soldier on. We buy bottles of red wine & tubs of Ben & Jerry’s & watch 10 Things I Hate About You repeatedly & eat our feelings in the form of heart-shaped pizzas–or maybe that’s just me.
I’m trying not to get too hung up on Valentine’s day this year, to be completely honest. I mean, I love cheap chocolate & useless stuffed animals just as much as the next girl, but I’m not going to get bent out of shape if I don’t have a secret admirer dumping them on my doorstep. I think I can survive a day or two without a bouquet of carnations crowding my desktop, or a sappy Hallmark creation asserting a man’s allegiance to me. It’s all so… insincere. & I’m kind of happy I don’t have to deal with it this year. Now, I am not pledging that love isn’t real (for once), & I am definitely not trying to belittle relationships. Love is great, & relationships are awesome. What I am saying is this: not only is Valentine’s Day a big ol’ waste of money, but it’s phony too.
I know, I know. It sounds cynical, but just stay with me.
I find it frustrating when February 14 rolls around & my social media is flooded with affirmations of love on one side & pitiful claims of loneliness on the other. This drives me nuts because, guess what, Valentine’s Day is just another day. It’s no different than the day before it, or the day after it. So, the people that are over-the-top in love–cool, I’m very happy for you. But I already knew that. The same goes for those that use V-day to publicly complain about their lack of significant other. This isn’t new information, to me, or you, or anybody else.
So, instead of feeding the beast & complaining about my single lifestyle, I’m going to spend my Valentine’s hanging with the people I love, working my way through a bottle of wine, & slicing sausage for a tasteful meat & cheese tray–& I think everybody else should too…regardless of relationship status.
Happy Valentine’s Day readers!