Table For One

The guide for “lonely” people on Valentine's day

Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching. Flowers and chocolates are cluttering the aisles of stores and everything seems to be painted red and pink. Love is in the air and whether you embrace it or denounce it; it is definitely upon us.

     Valentine’s day is all about love which doesn’t mean this holiday is only for people in a relationship. It is for all kinds of love whether it is romantic, platonic, or self-love. Even though it is accused of being only commercial, I think any day that is dedicated to loving and doing nice things toward others is something to celebrate.

     It is time for “lonely” people to stop discluding themselves from doing anything on the 14th. Make the most of it and enjoy the loving relationships that are already in your life. Here are some ways you can still celebrate even if you are single.

    Take yourself out on a dinner date. Go get dressed up and go out to a nice restaurant either with some friends or by yourself.

     Have a self-care day. Hit up a salon, put on a face mask, buy some chocolates, do whatever makes you feel pretty and pampered. Treat yourself!

     Go out to a movie. Even though this option might be crowded with couples doing couples things, it is still a fun activity to do solo. 

    Stay at home and have a lazy day. There is nothing wrong with staying back, putting on your favorite rom-com, and ordering in. Don’t feel pressured to go out if you don’t want to.

     Try something new. Use the day to try new activities that you wouldn’t normally do. Go to a rock climbing place, go on a hike, go to a museum, paint something. Partaking in new experiences can be exciting and refreshing. 

     Whatever you decide to do on the 14th, try to utilize the day to spread love, in any form it may be in. Don’t dwell on people or relationships you don’t have. Take some time to appreciate the love that is in your life and celebrate it. 

      At the end of the day, relationships can come and go, but you are the one who has to live with yourself for the rest of your life. And the quality of that relationship will determine the quality of all your other relationships. You can’t rely on others to make you happy. Learn how to love yourself and then happiness will come.

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