Valentine’s Day from a single person’s viewpoint

Caitlin Peason
Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day, a day that takes place during the Roman celebration of Lupercalia and was created to memorialize the martyrdom of St. Valentine.

In today’s culture, Valentine’s Day is a day where people share their love toward others by giving them various gifts in the form of either flowers, chocolate, card, or jewelry. Even at a young age, we bring in Valentine’s Day cards for our entire class and tend to have small classroom events throughout the day.

Now fast forward to when you become a college student and are single on Feb. 14. Things can begin to look slightly grey, but trust me there is a silver lining. While the majority of your friends are freaking out about everything going perfectly for them, you can just sit back and enjoy the show.

This is an experience that you can truly enjoy because while you may still help them get ready and calm them down, deep down you can take a sigh of relief knowing that you do not have to deal with the chaos too.

When Valentine’s Day arrives, many single people believe that their day will consist of them moping and being upset about not have a date or “valentine.”  From one single person to another, all of the moping is not necessary. There are many reasons why in the long run the single people are the true victors on this commercial holiday.

According to SoftSchools.com, there are approximately 50 million roses given, 36 million heart shape boxes of chocolate sold, 1 billion cards exchanged and 9 million gifts bought for pets. As a single person, you dodge the bullet of having to spend an obscene amount of money just to show affection towards someone on a single day.

Once your friends have gone off on their way and have left for the night, then you can enjoy the night however you please. Whether that is having a single’s night with friends, going to a Valentine’s Day themed social mixer, or even just staying at home with a bottle of wine. If you are of age and watching a movie, the fact of the matter is you are doing something that makes you happy.

The deciding factor of what you should do on Valentine’s Day is to make sure you are doing whatever makes you happy.

The biggest thing to remember if you find yourself without a valentine is that even if you do not have someone buying you stereotypical gifts and candy that does not mean that you are not adored by someone. You do not need someone buying you materialistic things just to prove that they care for you.

Whether those people are you parents, your best friends, or even your pets you are always surrounded by people who care about you all the time. Valentine’s Day is one day out of the year, so do not fret if you are not sharing it with someone at a fancy restaurant.

The only thing that can cause the day to be grey for you, is if you make it that way. If you are scrambling around thinking about to do, then grab your friends, find something on Netflix or TV, order some pizza, and have either a “Galentine’s Day” or “Palentine’s Day” that you will remember for years.

The entire focus of this day about is spending time with those who love you, and who says that those people cannot be your closest friends?

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