16 Feb Taking Valentine’s Day Back
If you were expecting a series of stellar selfies taken of me and my soulmate from beneath a golden rainbow towering picturesquely overhead; the foreground to a spectacular sunset; our hands interlocked; the clinking of champagne glasses; with an endless grove of red-rose petals raining down upon our love – this isn’t that kind of article.
Nope. Because like countless others, I happen to be one of those people who did not have anyone special to share this Valentine’s Day with. Yup – no love letters, no chocolates, no flowers. I didn’t even text my crush. She’d only push me away even more, duh. So instead, I ended up doing things I like. And you know what? It was the best.
I spent the morning at digs drinking good coffee (which is essentially what love is anyway), reading my book (1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – it’s awesome), and finishing the film Blue Valentine. Appropriate film selection? I know! It stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as two hot people whose relationship is falling apart. Um, it got quite deep. And if my housemate would stop walking past during the more… intimate scenes, then that would be great! Anyway, I rounded off the morning by eating yogurt and being hilarious. Not going to lie!
Before long it was lunch time, so I rolled down to The Great Wizoo nearby to meet up with some mates for a bit of football (with a side order of banter). G&T? Yes please! Stir-fry? Why not? Oh! That’s why… It started off so well between us, me and the stir-fry, but then the stir-fry began to come on a little strong. It got super intense really. We were just moving so fast… I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t cope. So I gave the rest to a mate. He ate it. Anyway, Jamie Vardy scored, but Arsenal had the party.
With the sun setting and Valentine’s Day drawing to a close, I popped round to my mom’s house for some dinner. Free food, more G&T, one pet poodle, and another 50% of me! What’s not to love?
And that’s when I came to realise — Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about some other person. It can be about you, too. About you doing things you love; like hanging out, having a drink, or ruffling your pet’s afro. A celebration of those things! So if you find yourself without a date next year, fear not. Show yourself some love. I’m glad I did.