This time next week the loved-up among us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. The remainder will just be happy it’s Friday and relieved Keith Urban finally got his hair cut (as we spend the night watching American Idol). Or maybe that’s just me?!
I’m pretty much accustomed to being single on Valentine’s Day so very zen about the whole thing; but I know that’s not the case for everyone.
So, whether the day makes you wallow in relationship envy or tempts you to poke your eyes out with your thumbs (from all of the schmaltz)… these five hints will help you survive the day.
1. Do not – under any circumstances – go out with a friend for dinner
There’s nothing more tragic than a couple of girls or guys ‘rebelling’ against the system or flaunting their nonchalance by heading to a lovely restaurant for a not-so-romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. No matter how hard you try or how evolved you are, you WILL end up feeling self-conscious amidst all of the sappy couples.
2. Steer clear of singles events
It has to be said… attending a singles event on Valentine’s Day kinda reeks of desperation. Any other night of the year, yes… go for it. But hoping to meet the man/woman-of-your-dreams on the most romantic night of the year… well, hand me the vomit bucket.
3. Do not get drunk
It seems like a good idea at the time. (Doesn’t it always?!)
“Fuckin’ wankers,” you might say… scoffing at those who’ve contributed to a floundering economy by spending triple the amount on roses than they would cost any other day. Or… you may be feeling maudlin… “Why am I all alone? Why doesn’t anyone love meeeee?”
Either way you’ll end up pissed and pathetic – a ranting lunatic or sobbing mess.
4. Stay away from social media
I recently removed Instagram from my iPhone and iPad so I’m no longer am tempted to peer into others’ lives when I’m bored. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be a NIGHTMARE on Valentine’s Day if you’re prone to life-envy. Undoubtedly there’ll be pictures of gifts, fabulous meals and happy couples. #vomit
I’d recommend having an online detox for the day, which is probably what I’ll do. Unless I decide to spend the day sharing Anti-Valentine’s Day Memes or something equally mature.
5. Avoid leaving the house if at all possible
In fact, here’s the best tip I can offer: Stay home.
Do not leave the house. Skip work if at all feasible. Otherwise your day will be filled with colleagues getting flower deliveries, showing off their new gifts or skiving off for a long lunch or pre-dinner primping – landing you with their workload.
Of course if you don’t work, you really don’t want to be on the streets to see the smiling faces of flower-laden women or gorgeous men bearing gifts.
There’s a lot to be said for being single. Many of my friends tell me they envy me my freedom. As I said, I’m kinda used to it so it doesn’t bother me. Much. Obviously.
Are you part of a couple?
Do you have Valentine’s Day plans either way?
Any other suggestions for we singletons?
I’m flogging my blog With Some Grace today.