If you let society tell it, Valentine’s Day is a curse to us single women. When I was in college my single friends and I would wear black to protest Valentine’s Day (yeah, we were cray cray). For a long time, I allowed the constant bombardment of Valentine’s Day movies and advertisements make me feel like a loser because I wasn’t in a relationship. It took me years to finally be at peace with Valentine’s Day. Love is a wonderful thing and should be celebrated. I know great people who are in loving, healthy relationships and I hope to be apart of such a union one day. Until that happens, I can be happy and celebrate the love they have in their lives. So if you find yourself bummed out on Valentine’s Day here are some tips:
- Acknowledge Valentine’s Day: I’m a hopeless romantic so I totally endorse watching your favorite sappy romantic movie on Valentine’s Day. By doing this, you are taking back some of power the holiday has over you. I absolutely LOVE the 1996 BBC version of Pride & Prejudice and I will be watching it on Valentine’s Day. To be honest I only watch it because I can’t resist seeing a young, hot Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy!
- Indulge A Little: Valentine’s Day is my excuse to indulge in a little chocolate deliciousness. Don’t settle for cheap chocolates from CVS! Head to Godiva and treat yo self!
- Spread Love: As we all know, love comes in various forms. So use the day to spread it! Tell those who mean the world to you how much you love them (you should be doing this anyway, but I digress!). Bring your mom a heart shaped cupcake. Reach out an elderly neighbor or relative and spend time with them. Trust me, your presence will the best Valentine’s gift that you can give them.
- Let It Out: Go ahead and have a good ole ugly cry. There’s nothing wrong with being disappointed about not having a Valentine. The trick is not to internalize it and allow to define who you are. Remember, Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday that primarily benefits Hallmark and FTD ! LOL
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Have a wonderful day!