I took the day off today.
It was amazing.
I slept in a little.
Went for a hike.
Had an amazing lunch.
Got my oil changed (that doesn’t really count towards the amazing part of the day, but it was needed).
On my way home from the oil change, I stopped at the store to pick up a few things. While checking out, I overheard a customer having a conversation with an employee.
He asked if the strawberries she was buying were for someone special.
He proceeded to tell this young lady that he was single and how much he loathed Valentine’s Day. He even said he was going to stay off Facebook for a few days because he didn’t want to see all the “sappy love stuff.”
Most single people feel this way on Valentine’s Day, right?
I thought to myself, there are so many reasons NOT to feel this way on Valentine’s Day, so I went to the dating “experts” on eHarmony to see what they had to say about being single on Valentine’s Day:
1. There no Valentine’s Day awkwardness or pressure. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you should buy him a gift, bring her white roses or red, or what the other person’s expectations for the day are. There’s no pressure to take a young relationship to the next level too soon, nor is there an expectation to reignite a long-lost spark.
2. You have a great excuse to hang out with your single friends. Whether you’re gushing over Valentine’s-appropriate chick flicks together or rebelling with horror films and Chinese takeout, Valentine’s Day can be a great day of bonding. If you’re disappointed to miss out on a candlelit meal, host a semi-formal dinner party that celebrates friendship and singleness. (Being single doesn’t mean you have to go without champagne, either.)
3. Make the day all about you and the things you love. You hate roses but love daisies — so buy yourself some. Stay in and indulge in the guilty pleasures you don’t get enough of: favorite foods, a trashy television show, a bubble bath or a new book. Pamper yourself, guilt-free.
4. You’re going to save money. Valentine’s Day, with its romantic dinners, flowers, gifts and (occasionally) sexy lingerie, can get pricey. Instead, count your financial blessings and buy those chocolates half price on the 15th.
5. You can spend it with your Hollywood crush. Who needs a boyfriend when you’ve got a Leo DiCaprio movie marathon lined up? (Invite friends over who share the same crush and swoon together.)
6. You can roll your eyes at other couples. They won’t even notice.
7. You can escape the fake holiday’s commercialism without disappointing your partner. It’s easy to shrug Valentine’s Day off as a Hallmark-created one — until there’s someone in your life who’s not-so-secretly hoping you’ve made a reservation at the most romantic spot in town.
8. You can celebrate where you’re at right now. You’re not in a bad relationship. The future is open to endless beautiful possibilities. Choose hope, rather than self-pity.
9. You can eat those chocolates in sweatpants, a way more comfortable option than doing so in a cocktail dress.
10. You won’t get dumped on Valentine’s Day.
These are so true!
I want to take a moment to remind that you are not alone on this holiday (or any holiday for that matter).
There is someone who will ALWAYS be there for you and love you – GOD. You guessed it!
Unlike the dating world, your Heavenly Father will accept you for who you are right off the bat! He will always swipe right! He doesn’t care if you’re still hanging on to that Christmas weight, have a grey hair or two or maybe even have no hair!
He will love you unconditionally, even if you leave the toilet seat up or don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
God easily forgives for the sins you’ve committed. Some boyfriends and girlfriends always bring up the past – nagging you ALL THE TIME! Get over it already, people!
God knows how valuable you are to Him. Do you feel valued by your significant other? If you don’t, maybe it’s time to severe those ties. God sacrificed His life for you. Not many people will do that.
Friends — as we come to a close on another Valentine’s Day, I want to encourage you to think about the valentine you will always have and the love that valentine will always give you. Doesn’t that bring so many warm fuzzies to your heart?
If you need a friend to talk to about that, I’m here for you!