This year, I’m alone for Valentine’s Day. Not without suitors, but also not at a point where I would celebrate the event and get all lovey-dovey and sentimental with one particular person. I imagine there are a lot of single men and women in the same boat. So what do we do on Valentine’s Day? Do we acknowledge it or ignore it. Going to a movie or dinner is not an option. Restaurants will have those tragically romantic prix fix dinners at outrageous prices, and movies will be crowded and sold out across the board.
Here’s a quick list of things to do for yourself this Valentine’s Day: eat chocolate, spray yourself in perfume, put on some sexy lingerie and take yourself to dinner. Women can do this too! Seriously, if you’re alone this Valentine’s Day, you should do something to love and appreciate yourself. If you’re a woman, this is a slam dunk. Women are really good at self-pampering, especially when we’re feeling lonely or depressed. We could, as a friend of mine says, go for a beauty trifecta – massage, facial, mani/pedi. Okay, that’s technically four things, but I don’t know what that would be. A quadfecta? Or, we could spend a quiet evening at home having a bubble bath, making dinner, indulging in a bottle of wine and catching up on our DVR material.
What about you men? How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day if you’re unattached? Sure you could do your own beauty trifecta – if you’re a metro man – but chances are, that’s not you’re idea of fun. How about doing something you never do, like taking a day off work and working out and heading over to Samy’s Camera to pick up those Audioengine A5 speakers you’ve been meaning to get to upgrade your home audio system. Or, take a trip to the Apple store and get yourself some fun gadget like the new AppleTV that doesn’t overheat and die like the old one did and is conveniently half the size. For dinner, hit a local sportsbar to catch the Lakers playing the Bobcats this February 14th or hang out in a hotel bar where singles and travelers will be avoiding the Valentine’s madness. You can always cap off the night with a trip to 4play - what better way to celebrate your singledom!
Those of you who are single should use Valentine’s Day as a mental health day. Remind yourself that you are an amazing catch and you’re alone by choice, having learned that it’s better to be without a relationship than in the wrong relationship. You are not waiting for someone who is perfect, but rather for someone who is perfect for you. Whatever you do on Valentine’s Day, take a break from Twitter and Facebook. Take a day off from social media and the digital world. Turn the device (aka phone) off and get away from everyone and everything. No texting, no tweeting, no nonsense.