I Will Be My Valentine

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
The Cable
By: Kate Murphy - Student Journalist -
Photo credit to buddlews.com

Photo credit to buddlews.com

Mention to anyone that you will be spending Valentine's Day alone, and they'll stare at you like you're a poor, defenseless puppy. Valentine's Day... alone? Are you crazy?

But riddle me this - what's so odd about spending the holiday of love hanging out with the one you love most? Yes, yourself! I can tell you that those are my extravagant plans for February 14th. Being alone on V-Day can be just as fun, fabulous, and fantastic as going out on a date.

In order to celebrate the day of roses and chocolates, here are some things you can do to defy Cupid, but still have a heartwarmingly good time.

Treat yourself
Valentine's Day is just a day to spend an exorbitant amount of dough on gifts that normally cost half the price the other 364 days of the year; flowers, candy, or a fancy dinner seem to triple because of the expectations from Cupid's arrow. Since you don't have to worry about spending your tuition dollars on gifts that will most likely die or be devoured in two days, go ahead and spend the money on yourself. Buy that sweet gadget you've been eyeing since before Christmas, splurge on a new dress, or just drop it all on a guilty pleasure like a massage. Be your own Valentine.

Have a party
Were you invited to a few parties but respectfully declined because the festivities would include couples? Why not embrace your single status and go out anyways? Drink and eat on another guy's dime and still leave with time to go out and hit a few bars after the party gets lame. You have no strings attaches, so venture and hang out where you please. Seriously. Tear it up with your buds. Make it a big night: go to "Half-Priced Apps" at Applebee's, spend your evening bowling and laughing with friends, or even pile everybody up in your car and drive down to the movie theater. Blow off some steam and forget all about the love-and-hearts mush.

Just veg
Do nothing at all. Being single on Valentine's Day is the one time you're allowed a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card to spending money on whatever you want. Go ahead. I encourage it. Just stay home, veg out on the couch, and kick back with a movie marathon.

Devote time to a neglected hobby
We all have at least one hobby, whether it's video games or knitting. Spend Valentine's Day engrossed in your own guilty pleasure. Do what makes you happy. It will help you forget about Valentine's Day - Valentine, schmalentine.

Do the usual
It's Valentine's Day. Big deal. Just because it's a day that a lot of people celebrate doesn't mean you have to get all lovey-dovey. Just pretend it's a normal day: go to school, go to lunch, go to work, go see your friends, and all the other things you do on a normal, boring day. It will all be over soon.

All you single ladies (and guys), join me in and embrace Valentine's Day! It won't be as bad as you think. So, let's follow Gloria Gaynor's advice and start singing...

"I will survive!"

Ta ta for now,

Kate