Valentine’s Day is for Who?

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened

-Lao Tzu

February is nationally known as the month for love.  What started during the Roman Empire as a way for young men to find their maidens has evolved into a $15 billion dollar industry.  Valentine’s Day is a great way to celebrate the love you have for your partner and the people that are special to you….but what about the people that do not have a partner?  That is okay! You too can celebrate Love.  Singles Awareness Day is term that has been appropriately named as an alternative for singles on Valentine’s Day.  Use this day to celebrate, get to know, and love yourself.

Being single on Valentine’s Day is not a life sentence; it is just one day to recognize the people that you love.  Starting with you, do something special; take time to recognize yourself. Focus on appreciating the things you do have in your life.  Love will come, but only when the time is right.  College is the time for self-discovery.  Use this time to learn more about what makes you tick and how you can grow.  You should not be overly focused on being single or looking for a partner.  Love comes when you least expect it and last when you are happy with yourself.

Think outside the box this year. Instead of sulking, find new ways to celebrate Valentine ’s Day and showcase the love you have for yourself, for your friends and for your family.  Below are ideas to consider for celebrating Valentine’s Day:

  • Remember the little character valentines and you passed out to your classmates in elementary school.  Consider giving some to your RA, your floormates, or classmates.
  • Do something nice for the people you work with; everyone loves chocolate.
  • Go to dinner with friends. Dress up and make it a real fancy affair.
  • Make cards/crafts for a children’s hospital.
  • Have a small gathering in your room of your single friends.
  • Make cookies/cupcakes for the custodial staff.
  • Wear red. It is also Healthy Heart Month.
  • Visit a nursing home. Bring joy to someone who may not get visitors very often.
  • Go speed dating try something new and possibly meet some really cool people.
  • Buy coffee and donuts for the staff meeting.
  • Make a compilation of your favorite love songs.
  • Invite friends over to watch your favorite love movie.
  • Send your parents a valentine’s day card.
  • Attend an RAs program.  RAs try to think of activities to keep you busy.
  • Cook a meal in the community kitchen.
  • Try something new!

Whatever you choose to do this year to celebrate Valentine’s Day remember it is just one day and the goal is to focus on you and the people you love.