If you’re single and it’s Valentine’s Day – then you could just stay in and be miserable by yourself. Or you could decide that it’s the perfect opportunity to go out there and meet someone new – finding love in one night might be a big ask, but you could at least meet some new people, have fun and maybe line up some interesting dates...
Valentine’s Day isn’t really all about love and romance – it’s an advertisers/retailer’s dream as people spend small fortunes on gifts, flowers and cards for their loved ones. If you’re at work on the day, the pollen count is likely to bring on hayfever and on Valentine’s night, every restaurant for miles and miles will be charging three times the usual price for a ‘special menu’. So, if you’re single, then don’t fall for the hype and the advertisements that tell you that the whole world apart from you is in love. Grab a healthy dose of self-respect and decide on your options. You could just buy a crate of beer/wine and a new game/dvd and spend the evening at home indulging yourself and remembering why being single is so much easier than being in a relationship.
If you want to go out and are in the mood to meet some other singles, then embrace the singles meat-market on Valentine’s night. Let’s face it, most couples are filling up all the restaurants so the bars and clubs will be full of single types that you might like to get to know. Plan ahead and find yourself a wingman to accompany you on a big night out and have a great time.
The ‘anti-Valentine’ movement is growing fast and you’ll be able to find lots of events to take your mind off the palaver going on elsewhere. Dating agencies and related companies organise lots of Valentine’s parties and speed-dating events for singles. Or try more novelty get-togethers such as lock-and-key parties which are a lot of fun and get people mingling. This is a great way to flirt your way through the evening and thoroughly enjoy being without a partner.
Alternatively, book a space at a bar and ask a couple of single friends to ask a couple of their single friends each to ask a couple of … you get my point. Get a group of singles together either at your place or out and then see if there are any matches. After a few drinks, then bring on some entertaining games that encourage innocent physical contact or swapping of secrets and you’ll soon see a few pairs peeling away from the group to get to know each other better. And you’ll have fun without it being a desperate event or having spent a fortune.
And you still get to go home alone if you want and eat toast in bed wearing your very old tracksuit bottoms and watching trash television. Ah – it’s great to be single.