14 February…the date which most single people dread, aka Valentine’s Day, or better known to those of us who find ourselves without a better half as: “Reminder-that-you-are-single Day”.
We thought it good to share 6 ideas that single people can do this Valentine’s Day in order to make things a bit easier on the soul.
1. Devise a masterful plan
Hey, we all know its just a commercialised day for business to boost sales after "Januaryitis".
Why go into a state of self pity? By tomorrow all the decorations will be gone and life goes on. In fact...why not devise a plan on how to profit off the loving couples next year. Muhahahaha! (Imagine the Dr Evil laugh)
2. Make your pet your Valentine
There is no love greater than that of your pet, unless it is a cat as it will then be: “there is no love greater than the love your cat demands of you”.
Treat your furry loved one to a special lunch with all sorts of pet treats. A new ball will make those eyes sparkle; a special lunch of their favourite snack will make any mouth water. End the day off with a romantic walk around the block and we guarantee you a lifetime filled with love and loyalty.
3. Start a new hobby
This day is an excellent opportunity to start a new hobby since there is no pressure on you to do anything else such as watching most people you know stuck in some romantic restaurant getting annoyed by slow service. Although the author is a keen golfer, he is spectacularly horrible at it. He will however, definitely suggest that you start playing. Nothing beats a solo round. You are surrounded by nature; your concentration is focused on a little white ball for about 4 – 5 hours and you can talk to yourself freely without having to worry that somebody may overhear you.This single time in your life is the best time to engage in the hobby as, by the time you meet your better half, they have no option but to accept that you will be unavailable for a couple of Saturdays in a month. If you cannot imagine yourself walking mindlessly after a white ball; a peaceful stroll through a nature reserve will soothe your soul.
Yes, that’s correct, have a braai. Valentine’s Day is just another excuse to light up the old faithful half drum/weber/gasbraai/wheelbarrow/shopping trolley. Nothing soothes the soul of a lonely heart like the smell and sound of meat grilling on the grill. We suggest that you invite over some friends, put on that playlist called “VDay Braai Day” (make sure you have deleted all the soppy songs for that one guy who always feels a bit sorry for himself late afternoon).
5. Take the BFF out
Nothing stops you from asking your best friend of the opposite sex out for a relaxing lunch. The concept provides an excellent opportunity of playing the “What-Is-That-Overly-In-Love-Couple-Saying-To-Each-Other?" Game. It’s easy to figure out the rules of the game but it’s the conversation and laughter between you and your BFF that will fill the day with joy and relaxation. That’s what BFF means, doesn’t It? Barrels of Fun Forever?
6. Veg out
Valentine’s Day provides you, as a single person, with the ideal opportunity of honing the skill of doing absolutely nothing. Rent one of those mindlessly, silly yet hilarious movies (about four should do); order some take-aways; stock up on snacks such as biltong, ice cream and chips and enjoy some quality “me-time”. Avoid any romantic comedies or chick flicks at all costs as it will remind you of the predicament that you are in. Vegging-out is an art that can easily be mastered and quite frankly it is the least exhausting of all pass-times. The bonus, of course is that afterwards you feel so good, having been really bad! The trick is just to just flip the switch and let your mind have a rest.
The key to happiness this Valentine’s Day as a single person, is to just laugh it off. Use the time away from the couples in your life to find inner happiness. Who knows, love might be near a crazy Alpaca, in a restaurant or a golf course – you simply have to open your eyes and heart.