V-Day Mayday!

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By Kristen Wagner

“Dear Valentine’s Day, I hate your stinkin’ guts. You make me vomit. You are the scum between my toes. Love, Kristen.” Okay, so that isn’t completely my line, it’s sort of a twist to Alfalfa’s. It captures my thoughts pretty well though.

I’ve never understood the so-called “Singles Awareness Day.” Chubby angels, lacey pink and red hearts, flowers, teddy bears, boxes of chocolates—all the things that supposedly make a day of romance complete seem sort of nauseating to me. Why? I’m not sure. Although I don’t have a nice little “In a Relationship” addition to my Facebook page, I used to. And in the past, I’ve loved spending the day with my sweetie and enjoying the romantic day. On the other hand, I’ve also been torn and felt bad when friends haven’t had someone to spend the day with, or when I hear about everyone else who is sad because they don’t have someone to spend the day with.

It can be considered the day that’s accompanied by pressure, anxiety and stress. Men panic at the pressure of this day. Catherine Donaldson-Evans wrote a story for foxnews.com about the hatred of Valentine’s Day. One man that was interviewed objected to Valentine’s Day saying, “There’s no reciprocated holiday for the guy. Like how about a steak and porn night? Would that be so awful?” I guess some men hate it for their own reasons.

Plenty of us think the idea of Valentine ’s Day is sappy. So what is there to do if you’re not in a relationship and you’d like to start enjoying the day? We may as well figure it out and enjoy what we can of it, because I’m tired of the lost and lonesome attitude.

According to http://www.stvalentinesday.org, “The festival is celebrated to express love to anyone we are close to.” I guess that means we can celebrate it with friends, siblings, grandparents, etc. But what if they’re all busy because they’ve got sweethearts? Well, they’ve gone ahead and produced a list of “Valentine’s Day Ideas for Singles” that you can check out if you’d like. The list involves pampering yourself, freaking out with friends, acts of service, expressing gratitude for friends and dear ones, thinking positive, and focusing on a relationship plan.

Chiff.com also offers several ways to “Have the Happiest Valentine’s Day Ever (Even When You’re Alone).” Personally, I think cheering someone else up is a great plan. Obviously there are a lot of people out there that get depressed over the thought of Valentine’s Day. Why not spend the day with them, have fun, and make the day enjoyable for both of you? Helping others can also make you very happy. Making someone else smile is, in my opinion, one of the best feelings. Try it out and let me know if you think so too.

So is it possible to get over the abhorrence of Valentine’s Day? I suppose I’ll hope so, and give it a whirl this year.

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