Today singles everywhere woke up, checked the calendar, and realized the dreaded day had come – Valentine’s Day. Some put on the red sweater they reserve solely for Christmas parties and Valentine’s Day. Some ate their weight in chocolate covered strawberries. Some did not care. Some cared. Some didn’t even realize it was Valentine’s Day.
Either way, being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t the end of the world.
The way I see it, Valentine’s Day, like life, is what you make of it. Can you spend the whole day depressed because you are single again? Absolutely. You can wear black, hole up in your room, and tell everyone that Valentine’s Day is the stupidest holiday on the face of the planet. S-t-u-p-i-d.
You can also appreciate Valentine’s Day for what it is, a day about love.
You don’t have to be in a relationship to remember how much your friends and family mean to you. I think in the United States we’ve sorted Valentine’s Day into this category where it’s meant to be a “couple” day. Retailers are selling couples dinners, couples massages, and the whole, romantic couple fantasy.
But what about everyone else? What about everyone else that we love? Why can’t Valentine’s Day be devoted to telling everyone in our lives how much they mean to us, that we appreciate them, that they matter to us? The amount of romance in our lives does not define us but singles everywhere look at all the pink and roses and sugar candy hearts and they’re sad because they believe they can’t participate in this day.
Attention singles: WAKE UP! You have a fabulous life, full of love. So what, you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend? What about your friends, your family, those people who support you, those people who are your emotional tether to this crazy freaking world?
So. Remember to tell everyone in your life who matters, that they matter. You don’t need a special day for this. You don’t need it to be a holiday to have an excuse to bring flowers home or send a card to a friend or buy a lot of chocolate. These things are welcome every day of the year. You don’t need a special day to give you an excuse to give love.