Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those holidays that most people either love or hate, and those people are usually divided by being in a happy relationship or being single, respectively. Though Valentine’s Days spent single often left me as one of those bitter Grinches when that time of year rolled around, I eventually decided that it wasn’t worth the negative thoughts and feelings for a day that makes other people genuinely happy and more outwardly expressive of their love for one another. So yes, Valentine’s is intended to spend with your significant other, but if you’re single, why not spend it with your friends (who you love platonically)?
Last year, I not-so-discreetly and not-so-jokingly told one of my closest friends that he needed to get me a Valentine’s Day gift and that I would get him one, too. I think I referred to it as being necessary for singles to support each other on this particular day. Mind you, I still said the same thing to him this year, despite the fact that he’s now in a relationship (just because he has someone, doesn’t mean that I no longer like getting rice crispy chocolate hearts and cute cards!).
Nonetheless, in a group chat of several long-time friends, we somehow came up with the idea to go see the new Fifty Shades Darker movie this Valentine’s Day. This was after we outwardly acknowledged that we had no plans on that day (kind of sad, but true). This then turned into us making dinner reservations for before the movie, and then deciding a few days later to make a whole day of it by going to the Royal Ontario Museum in the afternoon. As possibly pathetic as it may sound, I’ve actually never been this excited for a Valentine’s Day. I love the idea of going out with my friends and doing fun things together.
Of course, it’s not lost on me that I’m just trying to make the best of a day intended for couples, but my current plans definitely beat moping around and feeling sorry for myself while wishing I was out actually doing something fun (like traversing antiquities, stuffing my face, and watching mainstream Hollywood porn)…or worse, crying in a dark room hating my life. Thankfully, I’ve never been sad enough on Valentine’s Day to do that (ha ha).
What are your (single or relationship) plans for this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!