Introverted recluse currently residing in Brisbane, Australia. University Student and aspiring journalist.
Valentine's Day is approaching at full speed. One of the most anticipated yet dreaded days of the year is that of "V-day". There are many theories as to what Valentine's Day was derived from, however in today's modern society the main objection of Valentine's Day is the celebration of love. For single individuals this day can be daunting and tiresome, causing you to hold your breath until the day has come to an end.
The meaning of love has begun to revolve too significantly around romantic relationships. This celebration of love should not only be about partners, but a celebration of love for friends, family, pets or even a place.
For those of you who are single this Valentine's Day - or any Valentine's Day's to come! - here are some ideas of how to spend your February 14th, without a "significant other".
1. Discover what love means to you The word love is one of the most ambiguous words of the English language. The definition of love is continuously being debated by individuals, leaving it to be subjective. The meaning of love is not universal, nor will it ever be. Thus, as an individual you must decide what it means to you. Why not spend Valentine's Day discovering what exactly the meaning of love is for you?
2. Learn to love yourself It is easy to say that you love your best friend, your pet, your family or your significant other, but can you genuinely say that you love yourself? It is said that you have to learn to love yourself before you can truly love and be loved. Spend Valentine's Day thinking of all the parts of yourself you love as well as those you do not. Make a list of the things about yourself that bother you and find methods to change them, or learn to love them. Celebrate the love you have for yourself. At the end of the day, you are the only person you can truly depend on and that deserves love.
3. Spend time at a place you love Whether it be a park you grew up near, a forest you enjoy to walk in or even the local cinema, go and spend time at a place that makes you happy. Put yourself in an environment you love and celebrate that. Your mood will be lifted as a result, and you will be able to spend time in a place that you adore.
4. Go out with your single friends There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that there are other people who are feeling the same way that you are. By surrounding yourself with people you love who are also "alone" on Valentine's Day, your February 14th will be significantly more enjoyable. Go out to the cinema and see that movie you have been putting off seeing, go out for dinner and celebrate your love for all the benefits of single life or even stay in with a collection of Romantic Comedies and indulge in the romance of fictional characters with your favourite girl pals.
5. Spend the day doing something that you love Do you love writing, reading, television, sports or spending time with your family and friends? Rather than wallowing in your own self-pity - as we all can admit to doing at least one Valentine's Day... - go out and see your loved ones and express your love for them, especially if you do not usually. Play the sport that you love with your friends. Do something that you love, with the people that you love. That way you are still celebrating your love for the significant people in your life.
Love comes in many forms. Valentine's Day should be a celebration of love not only for a significant other, but for a passion, a friend, a family member, a pet and countless other things. Being single does not mean you are alone on Valentine's Day. Spend V-Day celebrating all the forms of love in your life.
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Martin Luther King, Jr.