Valentine’s Day? Bah Humbug!

Valentine’s Day. The one day of the year when drugstores sell out of chocolates and roses, jewelry stores reach their peak in sales, and the desperate rush into relationships or temporary displays of affection. Valentine’s Day can be a treat for the admired and an unnecessary day of depression for the less-adorned. Let’s face it, we can all do without the daunting negativity that this holiday seems to bring every year; instead of a day for mushy lovers, it’s turned into a day of repetitive cheesiness and acts of desperation.

Cheesy Gifts

Where’s the originality? Our social networks will be flooded with pictures of oversized bears and that notorious heart-shaped box of chocolates. The teddy will eventually be tucked away in a closet, and the chocolates will be gone without a trace. True, it’s the thought that counts, but gift-givers will be sitting with nothing but an empty pocket and blurred memory of a corny night out.

Predictable Dates

Why settle for a typical dinner and a movie when you could spend any day of the year with your significant other enjoying each other’s time on your own terms? Valentine’s Day pushes us to spend money even when we don’t have it and to over-think how to have a good time. Do what you want, when you want, with the right person. If you don’t have a significant other in time for Valentine’s Day, don’t rush! Wait until the right person comes along, then shower them with love and affection.

Valentine’s Day Parties

Who wants to be cramped up in a room full of couples when you could be somewhere else flirting with singles? Anti-Valentine’s Day parties are thrown every year, and people who like to actually have a good time and meet other single college students will be in for a treat. The vast majority of college students are single and are all about having fun! Don’t ruin your night hanging around serious couples; you’ll die of boredom.

“Singles Awareness Day”

Single men and women should embrace “Singles Awareness Day” instead of desperately seeking a valentine or feeling down because there’s not a current significant other in their life. Singles should celebrate their friendships and the daily love that they’re shown! A group date to dinner and a movie can replace a couple’s cheesy date night; a good time and spleen-busting laughs are sure to take place. There’s no better way to celebrate the fact that you’re not tied down by painting the town red with close friends!

Love Yourself!

Instead of worrying about who to buy expensive Hallmark cards for, spoil the most deserving person for a day: yourself! YOU, my dear, are worth so much more than a cheesy slogan written through a box of candy hearts. Don’t wait on that person to accept you as their valentine, and don’t wait to be gifted. Ladies, spend the day at the spa. Fellas, buy yourself those new Beats by Dre you’ve been wanting. Spoil yourselves; self-love is the best love of all!

Sure, Valentine’s Day is about basking in your lover’s affection, but you don’t need a holiday to signify how much you love someone. There are 364 days in a year besides Valentine’s Day, and those days should be just as cherished! Therefore, stop valuing this holiday so much; singles should be content in their free lifestyles, and couples should feel just as special any other day of the year! Most of all, love yourself before you try to love anyone else. Self-love and contentment is key to a happy year, even when Valentine’s season comes along.

If you're into the more mushy-gushy idea of Valentine's Day, check out Alise Murawski's article, "I Love the Day of Love (Don't Hate Me!)."

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