Valentines Day is coming up and you’re single.
Okay, maybe that’s just me, but roll with me here.
That doesn’t mean it has to be a cop-out, chick-flick and chocolate fest. Even worse, it’s not a reason to call up an old flame and become a cautionary tale that romantic comedy bad date montages are made of. There are tons of things to do beside wallow in your singletude.
1. Have a valentine making party
Think back to 3rd grade when boys were still germ-ridden piglets and girls still had cooties. Sure, there was the token casanova who had like, 3 “girlfriends” and the heartbreaker who played hard to get but was, in reality, impossible to get. However, despite all that, our teachers made us give EVERYONE a valentine. On top of that, there was about an hour of that day where she would lay out doilies, pink construction paper, and a blizzard of glitter so we could make big gluey messes of valentines to give to someone special. Namely our parents because these were masterpieces, and who better to appreciate third grade works of art than parents?
Oh, right, hard-to-get girl and casanova.
Anywayyyy, recreate the trauma of third grade. Lay out the construction paper and doilies, induce glitter seizures and make sure there’s enough to go around.
Wine helps the creative process, by the way. To keep it cheaper for a bigger group, get some Two- Buck Chuck (or some standard cheap wine) and make a killer sangria of it. If it’s going to be a group of close friends, make it a liquor-luck (like a potluck but with booze).
2. Reach out
Bring cards, treats, share a skill and lend your company at a children’s hospital, nursing home or shelter. You can even volunteer at your local animal shelter if you’re the puppies & kittens type. If you’re not feeling the love, casting aside your mood and giving something just to give is a quick way to bring out the warm & fuzzies and keep them coming.
3. Have friends over to watch Fatal Attraction and other love-gone-very-wrong movies
Sometimes we just need that little reminder that being single isn’t all that bad.
4. Do something you actually love doing
V-day is about love, right? So make it count. Go snowboarding, ride a roller coaster, take a cruise down your favorite scenic drive. Just do something that makes you happy. And don’t make it about meeting someone either.
Although it could be a good way to meet someone that shares your interests.
What are the rest of you single folks doing for Valentine’s Day?