At my house we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. We don’t need Hallmark or 1-800-FLOWERS to tell us when to be in love. (See Fathers Day) We celebrate our anniversary instead because it’s about us and our relationship and not about the Love Industry. On Valentine’s Day, restaurants are crowded, red heart decorations take over the world chocolate sells at a premium, and the same dozen roses that cost $12.00 last week is three times the price today. Plus, I think Valentine’s Day is a mean thing to do to single people.
Also referred to as Singles Awareness Day, February 14th has prompted many unattached individuals to throw and attend Anti-Valentine’s Day Parties where singles gather to celebrate their independence and to remind romantic couples that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate a happy and fulfilling life. I say "good for them"!
Sometimes being single is the right thing to be. There’s certainly no shame in the fact that you don’t have a “mate”. Frankly, I think, and many will agree, that people are better off on their own than in a relationship with the wrong partner. Sometimes it takes a long time for soul mates to find each other but, when they finally do, it is well worth the wait. Then every day can be Valentine’s Day.
“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” - RuPaul
So, until we each meet that special someone we must be content in our own life. We should celebrate our individuality and our independence. We must remember that each of us needs to be a whole person … a complete individual … before we can be half of a successful couple. And enjoy ourselves!
Happy Singles Awareness Day!
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