With Valentine’s Day, it seems like there are two options: you’re either in a relationship and love the holiday, or you’re single and you hate it.
And as a single girl who loves the pink and the hearts and the chocolate that come with Valentine’s, I think that’s ridiculous. So that’s what this post is: a single girl’s reclamation of Valentine’s Day.
While Valentine’s is obviously a great time when you’re in a relationship, there’s no reason it can’t be just as fun if you’re not. It’s a holiday about love, and there’s so much more to love than just romantic relationships.
I’m actually so happy about the rise of “Galentine’s Day” as popularized by Parks and Rec, because it creates this idea that it’s acceptable to celebrate Valentine’s as a way of acknowledging your love for the bomb gals in your life. Valentine’s is about more than just couple-relationships, it’s about every type of relationships and just love in general.
It’s cheesy, but it’s great.
So for all the single ladies out there (and even those of you in relationships), use Valentine’s as a way to proclaim all sorts of love. Tell your family how much you love them, surprise your best friend with a cute gift or chocolates, or bring back the elementary school notion of sending cute and fluffy notes to your coworkers/roommates/friends.
Another thing about Valentine’s Day: everything is packaged adorably. I can get the same ridiculously unhealthy chocolates that I usually get, but now they’re in a heart-shaped box decorated with bows. What’s not to love about that?
If nothing else, make Valentine’s Day about loving yourself. Take a bubble bath, buy yourself some cute chocolates (or better yet, champagne), and do something small that you’ve wanted to do for a while but claim you never have time for. You’ve got a lot of years in your future to celebrate Valentine’s with an S.O., so take advantage of the freedom you’ve got now.
And also, what other time can you wear pink and red in the same outfit? Seriously.
Happy (early) Valentine’s, friends.