As a habitual single college student, the last thing you want to be reminded of is that you are alone. The bright red balloons lingering in grocery stores, the vibrant flower stand on the street corner, and the heart shaped boxes of chocolate that are bound to make you gain a pound with each truffle, seem to make your life that much more depressing and complicated. My advice to those who don’t have a loved one this year is treat yourself to your own Valentines Day and remind yourself just how awesome you are. You’ve pulled through countless days alone, why should you let this one make you feel like less of a person?
So after a day of classes when homework is waiting to be finished and your friends are out with their loved ones, go to the store, buy yourself flowers and chocolates. Then come home light some candles, pour a glass of wine, and relax. Because you deserve it. To be independent and constantly rely on your consciousness as your comforter, nobody deserves more “babying” than you my dear. It is ok to indulge in a whole bottle of wine or box of chocolates and listen to your generation’s Bonnie Raitt. You have to love yourself before you can ever be loved. So bring on the fun!
Another alternative to celebrating love on Valentines Day is to bring your single friends over. Buy the necessities for a comforted night, i.e. music, liquor, maybe a Cosmopolitan, chocolate and more chocolate. Sit around candle light discussing, one, the reason why you have remained single. Two, how much you care for each other. And three, how much you are in love with your materialistic things in life such as chocolate or your brand new pair of shoes.
Valentines Day doesn’t have to bring more stress to our lives. As college students we are constantly battling schedules, papers, social growth, and work. We don’t need a materialistic Hallmark holiday to bring us down. And to think of your life more optimistically, be thankful you don’t have a relationship because it has the potential to bring even more stress to your everyday life. For those single, it’s only once a year!