Microwave meal for one. Check. Bridget Jones Diary waiting in the DVD player. Check. Ex on speed dial. Check. Think you’re all prepared for another depressing Valentine’s day? Think again. MultiMedia Mouth’s Natalie O’hare thinks its time we stopped spending the day resenting each and every loved up couple and instead made plans to enjoy ourselves, even without a date. Afterall, it’s just 24 hours of consumerism nonsense anyway right?
Valentine’s Day. A day filled with warmth and romance for that special person in your life, or should it just be renamed “Singles Awareness Day”?
Yes, it’s that time of year again. If you dare to show your face to the world, then all you will see is couples holding hands or looking into each other’s eyes like dopey puppy dogs. Yuck.
The big day is out to get us and rub it in the faces of all the lonely females out there. It is a day where the woman with an obvious lack of romantic gifts can be spotted amongst the crowd of lovers slobbering over each other’s face. So attractive don’t you think?
It’s bad enough when your best friend asks for your opinion on what to buy their beloved. Then you go shopping and the shop windows are covered in red hearts, roses, and love is everywhere. You just can’t escape it and couples everywhere seem to enjoy shoving your single-ness in your face.
Every February 14th the competition gets fiercer and the bar for the most romantic gesture is raised higher. Valentine’s Day has turned from a bit of harmless fun into something that has the potential to make us miserable. What’s gone wrong?
You arrive at work and your colleagues are welcomed with the largest bouquet of flowers you have ever seen or a bunch of heart-shaped helium balloons and not forgetting the piles of chocolate boxes. It’s inevitable. So, instead of crying your eyes out over ‘Titanic’ and stuffing your face with cheap chocolate, turn your day around and remind yourself that you are an independent woman and don’t need to rely on having a man in your life to enjoy one poxy February’s day.
Here are my top tips to help you get through Clinton Cards’ favourite day of the year:
Enjoy being single whilst you can. There are many perks to being single once you get down and think about it. You don’t have to explain yourself or be nagged by anyone. You can do what you want and appreciate it. In fact, couples should be jealous of you!
Be your own Valentine. Why not treat yourself on Valentine’s Day? If that means buying yourself a bunch of flowers and balloons, so be it – whatever cheers you up. Love yourself, after all that is what the message of the day is supposed to be. The advantage of being single on Valentine’s Day is that you don’t have to spend money on anyone if you don’t want to. Treat yourself to a day engrossed in your favourite book, cook your favourite food or anything that makes you feel good about yourself.
Round up your single friends: Get your fellow single ladies round for a night in with food, wine and a good old gossip. Steer clear of those romantic films and sit down to a classic comedy. Just because you’re single, it doesn’t mean you have to spend the day alone. Enjoy it and most importantly, have fun.
Hit the town: If you don’t want to stay in, why not spend a night on the town with the girls? There is no better way to celebrate your single-ness than going out and having some fun. A glass or two of wine will help you forget the reason you are out in the first place. The chances are that most of the people there will be single too, so it’s your opportunity to find your Valentine for next year!
And most importantly? Be happy being single. Don’t mope around wishing you had a special man to spend the day with, and definitely don’t feel sorry for yourself. Just make it a day of recognising how great it is to be single. Instead of being a couples-only day, let it be a day for loving yourself and enjoy it– those lovers out there don’t know what they’re missing.
By Natalie O’hare