Some say that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the toughest for singles but I would argue that Valentine’s Day deserves that distinction. The whole day is dedicated to couples after all and everything from television commercials to our inbox reminds us relentlessly of that fact. This year I even got an e-mail from a jewelry vendor stating something along the lines of “You’re getting engaged!” in the subject line. (Yikes!) Needless to say, I unsubscribed from that company’s e-mails.
So, how do I make the best of this commercialized and incessant reminder that I am single yet again on Valentine’s Day? The “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach seems to work the best. After so many years of lamenting the day, I came to the conclusion that concentrating outward (and not on my lack of dinner plans or a ring) is the best way to cope.
I ask myself “Who else doesn’t have a Valentine?” or “How do I want to show my loved ones I appreciate them?” and consider how I can brighten their day. This year all my family members and single gal pals are getting homemade Valentine cards mailed to them. And, really, the cards are likely to make more of an impact because most people don’t send Valentines anymore.
How are you embracing Valentine’s Day this year?