With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s easy to start feeling bad for yourself, especially if you don’t have a significant other to spend the day with. Although there are many perks to having a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, being single isn’t all bad. There are many Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to being single when February 14 rolls around. So what is best on Valentine’s Day? Being with your significant other or being single? Realistically, there are pros and cons to both.
An obvious strength to being single on Valentine’s Day is simple- “you don’t need no man.” Being single on Valentine’s Day is a strength in itself. This is a great day to remind yourself of your worth and to feel confident and comfortable in your independence. You are able to celebrate this day with your friends and family and that is all you need. Along with this, you can do whatever you want. When you are single, February 14 is just another day. You have no obligations to anyone and can spend the day doing what you love to do.
When you are single on Valentine’s Day there is no stopping that overwhelming sense of loneliness. This day can bring on a desire to date or have a significant other. How come when Valentine’s Day rolls around it suddenly feels like everyone you know is in a relationship? In addition to not receiving flowers (unless its from your dad), you don’t have someone buying your dinner. Stay away from friends and roommates who are going to spend the whole day talking about their “amazing” plans they have with their significant other for February 14. Do whatever you need to do to keep a positive mindset even if that means locking yourself in your room while your roommates pick out their outfits.
A great opportunity occurs on February 15: all the Valentine’s Day chocolate is on sale. Head over to the nearest CVS and load up on some chocolate for a quarter of the price. Another great opportunity of being single on Valentines Day is spending the day with your gals! There is nothing better than a wine and movie night with all your best friends. Instead of getting all dressed up you can stay in your pajamas and spend quality time with your friends.
Try to avoid social media on Valentine’s Day. There is nothing more frustrating than scrolling through Instagram and seeing cheesy posts of everyone and their significant other. The last thing you want to see on social media is your crush spending valentines day with someone else via Snap Chat.
To many, being single on Valentine’s Day is depressing and dreary. Like any other day, Valentine’s Day is what you make it. Instead of dreading the month of February embrace spending the day however you choose. In reality, what is so odd about spending the day of love with the one you love the most: yourself?
In the words of the wise and beautiful Carrie Bradshaw, “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.”