Is it Depressing to be Single on Valentine’s Day?


Photo source: Unsplash.com/Daria Sukhorukova

Photo source: Unsplash.com/Daria Sukhorukova

Being single on Valentine’s Day probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal…or it shouldn’t be. But when you are a romantic at heart and your birthday is on the day popularly known as “Sweetheart’s Day,” it’s rather depressing when you’re single.

As soon as Christmas is over, up go the Valentine’s Day decorations and related merchandise in the stores. So I get to look at it for 2 months. I like the wide selection of chocolates, and even like reading the cards…until I find one I’d love to give to someone…if I wasn’t single…

But you know what’s even MORE depressing? Having a significant other and being unhappy with said significant other. I’ve been in this situation more than once. This year, unless a miracle happens within the week, I will once again be alone.

I decided to look up the lyrics of “Alone Again, Naturally” (by Gilbert O’Sullivan, 1970s, if you’re interested) and consider it for my current theme song. I’ve enjoyed its melancholy sound for years on the radio, but never took the time to learn all the words…except for “alone again, naturally.” However, while parts of it are pretty spot on (depression) sometimes, ISingle-hood2 nixed the idea.

So I’ve determined that this year I won’t be depressed by my single-hood. Because the day is all about ME – and I’m still ME even when it’s JUST me and I’m not part of a duo. I am the only person I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life, so I better enjoy it, eh? πŸ˜‰

I’ve heard friends say lately that they’re “anti V-Day” (not to be confused with either the WWII or The Vagina Monologues references). This makes me sad, because I like to believe that everyone is as romantic as me: Darcy and Elizabeth; Eve and Roarke; Katniss and Peeta; Frodo and Sam (eh, maybe not that one); Jane and Rochester. You get my drift. And as someone who was BORN ON “V-Day,” it would be kind of difficult for me to adopt that stance, unless I chose to stop acknowledging/celebrating my birthday. Since I’m not of the Jehovah’s Witness persuasion (no offense to any who are), that’s not going to happen.

God had a reason for allowing me to be born 2 weeks after my due date (so you don’t have to strain yourself, I’ll help you – I was due on January 31st). Probably so people would remember me. πŸ˜‰ I love myself too much and am too proud of my progress to stop celebrating myself on the day of my birth. So even though my number of “single on V-Day” years outweigh my “in a relationship on V-Day” years (and probably will continue to do so for the foreseeable future), I’ll continue to be hardcore “pro V-Day” till the day I expire. And this year, I think I’m going to be quite vocal about it, because, hey, it’s my BIRTHDAY. It’s all about ME. πŸ™‚

And if you want to be a dear and help me celebrate myself on my birthday, I accept gifties (yes, that is a word). πŸ™‚

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3 responses to “Is it Depressing to be Single on Valentine’s Day?

  1. Happy Valentine’s Birthday! (Early, yes.) I feel like sharing words of wisdom from a singleton VD 5 years ago. I was scheduled to have 2 biopsies, and a dear friend of mine said, “at least one of us is getting poked today. One way or another.” Shock factor, yes, but what a laugh we both had!
    As a footnote, celebrating single does have advantages: you can spoil yourself with a favorite meal, a spa day, and not having to share the chocolates. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you! That sounds like something my bestie or I would say to the other. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m planning to take off work on Friday and spoil myself. And then Monday the 15th is a holiday (Presidents’ Day). I’m pretending that it’s in observance of my birthday this year. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

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