The other day, I saw a sign outside a pub that said, ‘Don’t forget Valentine’s Day!’ Which made me laugh quite a lot, because I don’t see how anybody could. For the last couple of weeks, every time I turn on the TV, walk into a shop, open up my email, all I get is reminders about one of my least favourite days of the year.
I don’t hate Valentine’s Day because I’m single. It’s because the day seems designed to make me feel bad about the fact that I’m single. And it works; every time I see a friend get flowers delivered to work, or read all the excited Facebook posts about the romantic evenings that other people are having, it makes me feel sad, and that leads to the inevitable question, ‘what’s wrong with me?’ And that makes me cross, because actually I’m pretty happy with who I am these days, boyfriend or no boyfriend.
So this year, I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, as some people insist on calling it, apparently blissfully unaware that the initials spell out SAD) with some single friends, having ‘Who Needs A Man’ drinks. The actual title is ‘Who Needs A Man Just Because Valentine’s Day Dictates That We Should Have One’, but that’s not very catchy, so I shortened it.
And to get us off to a good start, here are my top ten reasons why it’s cool to be single this Valentine’s Day. Who’s with me?
1. You can do what you want, when you want.
I’m quite enjoying life at the moment. When I want to go somewhere, I go. When I want to have friends over, I ask them. If I want to stay home in my PJs and eat cake, I can. I don’t have to check with anybody, or worry about what they think, and I quite like that.
2. No need to share bed space.
As someone who loves their bed very much, this is an important one. There’s nobody stealing the covers or taking up all the space. Unless you’re cat-sitting for your friend, obviously.
3. You save money on gifts.
No boyfriend? Great – that means, by my calculation, you save money at least four times a year: birthday, Christmas, anniversary and Valentine’s. And that leaves more cash for having fun (see point 1).
4. It’s much less stressful.
Relationships can be pretty stressful. Even if you get on all the time, there’s still stuff like meeting his friends for the first time, or – even scarier – his parents. And as for planning a wedding? That looks like hard work.
5. You get to amuse your friends with dating stories.
For some reason, coupled-up friends love hearing these. Whether a date went well or horribly, you’ll always have something to talk about at ladies’ lunch – and you know you’ll have their full attention. (An example: I’m going speed dating next week. My friends are a lot more excited about this than I am.)
6. When Johnny Depp comes knocking, you’re available.
What do you mean, he just got married?
7. There’s no chance of you becoming one of ‘those people’ on Facebook.
You know the kind I mean; the ones who feel the need to share their happiness with the world. Or worse, the people who use Facebook to complain about their other half, as a way to remind everyone that they’ve got one.
8. You get alone time.
Because everyone needs to be on their own sometimes, even if they don’t want to admit it. And if you don’t like being alone with you, why would anyone else?
9. Your friends will be extra nice to you on Valentine’s Day.
And even if you know it’s just because they feel bad for you, that’s no reason to complain.
10. Nobody will get you this.
Why? I mean, why?
Have a great WNAMJBVDDTWSHO Day everyone! 🙂