Saint Valentine’s Day, February 14th. The day that makes every singleton want to pull the covers over their head whilst crying into their pot of Ben and Jerrys. As a fellow singleton, I would like to ask why for this one day of the year, we allow ourselves to wallow in self pity about not having found ‘The One’ to share it with? Not once have I turned the page of the calendar to February and groaned with dread at what is coming in fourteen days. The day for happy couples. If you’re not part of a happy couple, then just because you can’t accept a box of chocolates from your soulmate doesn’t mean you have to hide away Bridget Jones style drinking shots of vodka and screaming the lyrics to ‘All By Myself’.
The day is supposed to celebrate love, right? We all love somebody; our friends, our family, our pet dog even if he does poo in our slippers now and again. Why then, do we not celebrate these other people that we love if we are single? Are we really that pathetic and miserable? No. We have just been watching too much ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and need to realise that there is more to life on this heart-filled day than going to a crowded restaurant to chow down and receiving a generic fluffy teddy bear holding a love heart saying “I Love You”. If you are in a relationship and happen to have reservations at a fancy restaurant and have just bought your girlfriend a teddy bear from Clintons then wonderful, I am not saying it is not allowed. I am in fact saying that if you don’t have plans like these, don’t get downhearted. Enjoy time with people you love.
Two years ago I went to the cinema with my two friends, watched a comedy and had an amazing day. My friend still gets a card in the post every year from his Nan and he loves it. On Tuesday, I’m spending Valentine’s Day 2012 with one of my closest friends eating Ben and Jerry’s (not because we’re single but because it’s tastebud heaven in a pot) and watching Tenacious D ‘Pick of Destiny’. What are you doing?