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What to do on Valentines Day Without a Valentine

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Don’t treat February 14th as valentines day

Valentine’s Day, traditionally celebrated as a day of love and romance, often emphasizes the idea of being in a romantic relationship. However, the notion that one must have a Valentine to enjoy this day is a limited perspective. Celebrating Valentine’s Day without a Valentine offers an opportunity to embrace self-love, self-care, and the many other forms of love that are in our lives.

We all have been in a situation at least once where we’re not sure if we are going to be spending Valentine’s Day with someone special or alone. Even if you don’t have a specific person to spend it with, you don’t have to lay in bed, watch a sappy romance movie, and eat ice cream alone – although that could be relaxing and a good way to spend your time.

Having someone to get you chocolate or a teddy bear would be nice because you don’t have to spend your money buying yourself those things, and it is always nice having someone to get you gifts. However, there could definitely be some downfalls. They could get you your least favorite kind of chocolate and a teddy bear that you’re probably never going to look at ever again. But if you get yourself your favorite kind of candy and anything else valentines related that you’ll actually like, you won’t have the embarrassment of putting on a bad fake smile pretending that you love it.

One of the best ways to spend Valentine’s Day alone is to have a self-care day. You can have a spa day at home, indulge in your favorite foods, or watch a favorite movie or TV series. Treating yourself kindly and nurturing your well-being is a form of self-love that is often not recognized. Engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation can be an amazing way to spend the day and serves as a reminder that happiness does not solely come from other people.

Valentine’s Day can be an excellent opportunity to try something new or pick up a hobby you’ve been curious about; whether it’s taking a cooking class, starting a creative project, or learning a musical instrument, engaging in new activities can be both enriching and empowering. This not only diverts your attention from the absence of a romantic partner but also contributes to personal growth and the discovery of something you may love.

Spending time with friends and family can be another amazing way of spending the day. Romantic love is not the only type of love. Valentine’s Day can be a time to celebrate the love you share with friends and family. Organizing time together, movie nights, or a dinner with close friends or family members can be enjoyable. These moments strengthen bonds and remind us of the diverse sources of love and support in our lives.

Another meaningful way to spend Valentine’s Day is to give back to the community. Helping out at a shelter, volunteering at a local charity, or simply performing acts of kindness can be incredibly fulfilling. It shifts the focus from what you might be missing to what you can offer to your community. Valentine’s Day can also be a day of reflection and setting personal goals. Reflecting on past relationships, understanding personal needs, and planning for future aspirations can be a productive use of the day. This self-reflection can lead to personal growth and a better understanding of what you seek in a relationship when the time is right.

Spending Valentine’s Day without a valentine is not only fun, but it can also be a day full of self-love, exploration, and meaningful connections. It’s a reminder that our worth and happiness are not defined by our relationship status. Embracing being alone and the many other forms of love in our lives can make Valentine’s Day fulfilling, regardless of whether or not we have a romantic partner.

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Araya Thompson, Staff Writer
Araya is a junior at AHS. She enjoys covering athletics as well as competing in track and basketball. Araya is passionate about accessibility for all athletes. Outside of school, she enjoys visiting Owl Creek Ranch and riding her mules.

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