Why You Shouldn't Feel Like Crap On Valentine's Day
Pull yourself together, because being single has never been more fun.
There’s nothing quite like Valentine’s Day to leave you feeling like the eternal wise-cracking BFF whose only purpose in life is to ensure that other people's relationships are running smoothly.
But never fear, oh hopeless case, because it turns out there are a bunch of reasons to be thankful about your unattached status on the day everyone else is losing their heads over choosing between bankruptcy or a pissed off partner.
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At least you’re not stuck in a bad relationship.
Every friendship group has that one couple who are inexplicably still together despite the fact they can’t seem to stand the sight of each other for more than ten minutes at a time. While you’re tucking into a box of self-purchased Quality Street, spare a thought for the poor unfortunate souls locked in relationships they’re too damn afraid to escape.
You get to hang out with the best person of all time. AKA you.
Being single gives you the luxury of not having to compromise on any aspect of your life. Fancy eating breakfast for dinner three nights in a row? Go ahead. Got the itch to quit your job and begin a whole new life in Fiji? Nothing’s stopping you. The only person at the helm of this ship is you - so go ahead and sail it right in the direction of whichever Magic Mike tribute act takes your fancy.
You can spend all your money on discounted chocolate.
It’s almost worth spending the entire month of January fending off jokes about dying alone to splurge all your hard-earned cash on cut-price chocolates by February 15th. Forget waiting for some random person to pen you an eternal declaration of love, and instead seek comfort in the gooey goodness of raw cookie dough.
Nobody is going to disappoint you by being an idiot.
The most romantic day of the entire year is usually fraught with enough arguments to make Cupid want to chuck his arrows in a crater and take early retirement. From the person who genuinely forgot that they had to make an effort on the 14th, to the one who was expecting nothing less than the rights to a goldmine - the potential for disappointments is quite literally enormous.
But you, dear singleton, don’t have to worry about whether you’re being too stingy or too extravagant on the gift you’ve probably ~already~ mailed to yourself.
You can actually do fun things, like flirting with imaginary people in your head.
Let's face it, the most exciting part of a relationship is that weird point at the beginning when you can't even tell if they're into you or not. Staying unattached means you can enjoy this fun part of flirting without dealing with any of the annoying side effects like, you know, actually having to put someone else's needs before your own and leading a selfless, respectable life.
Words by Lucia Ennis