Valentine's Day. Single Awareness Day. February fourteenth. However you look at it, it's a day - but it's an important one. It's a day to show your love and affection for the one you love. Red and pink hearts are everywhere. Cute-sy love sayings are everywhere. All the love songs are out. People are getting into relationships. Getting engaged. Or better yet, married. It's the day of love. This is how people show it.

For most of my life I hated Valentine's day. Hated it with a passion. Why? Because it seemed as though everrrrrrybody had somebody but me. Everybody. Now, Everybody's Got Somebody But Me by Hunter Hayes is stuck in my head. Seriously, if this song were out when I was younger, it would've been my jaaaaam. Anyways, I just never enjoyed the day. I definitely went around saying it was Single Awareness day. It wasn't Valentine's day that was coming up, it was Single Awarness day. Couples seemed to come out of no where. People would just ask one another to go out on dates just to say they had somebody on Valentine's day. Once I hit college, it wasn't too bad, only because I had other single friends that I could hang out with. We could hang out on that day and bash Valentine's day. Although, it was potentially rougher in college because guys could be more inventive in what they could do to impress a girl. For example, my sophomore year of college, I was sitting at my desk in my dorm room. It was right by the window, so I could look out into the courtyard when I needed to think or if I just didn't want to do my homework. Well, I was looking out of my window and saw a young man coming through the courtyard dressed in a suit and a single rose. He was going to the dorm next to mine to pick up his date and go out for the night. I remember feeling disgusted and envious at the same time. Disgusted because no one was coming to get me all dressed up in their fancy pants, and envious because I wish it were me that he was coming to take on a date. But, that's not how it worked.

After college, I joined the working world. I found that it was incredibly different on Valentine's day than it was when I was in school. There were single ladies, there were ladies in relationships, there were ladies that were married. It was an array of people and a different vibe. Valentine's day seemed more down to earth and not as suffocating. I began to realize that maybe Valentine's day isn't that bad after all.

Come to present day Valentine's day, I've come to not let it bother me anymore. Why do I not let it bother me anymore? Well, because I have people in my life whom I love and love me back. This IS the day of love right!? Who says that it only has to be towards ONE person!? I don't have a person, I have multiple people. So, why not show them that you love them? One day, I will have a special person and Valentine's day will be even more special. But for now, I enjoy the annual tradition of having dinner with my family. We get out the fine china and wine glasses that my mom received as a wedding present and have dinner. We used to have candles and have a candle lit dinner. I always thought that was awesome. I spent the evening with people that I loved. On the day of love. Could it get any better than that? I don't think so.

Valentine's Day. Single Awareness Day. February fourteenth. On this day, I decided to look at it differently. I didn't let it bother me and I enjoyed the day. And, I even had a glass of wine at dinner.

DSC_1205Happy Valentine's Day everyone!