Yesterday’s article was all about staying busy and finding ways to distract yourself during this time of year. Today, Day 4 in the “Surviving Valentine’s Day Single” series, is about finding something to do with your single friends. Being single does not mean you are alone. Prove that to yourself by calling your friends and doing something together.
When spending time with your friends, you can either go out or stay in. If you choose to go out, why not make a day trip out of it. Depending on how the weather is on Long Island, because it seems to snow/rain every three days, you can take the train into the city with the girls. Do some shopping and discover parts of the city you’ve never been to before. Visit museums or see a show on Broadway. If you’re not afraid of the snow and would rather do something outdoors, take a trip upstate and go skiing for a day or two. If you don’t know how to ski or snowboard, check and see if the mountain you are interested in visiting provide lessons. Some mountains offer tubing, which can be just as much fun. Wherever you go, be sure to take lots of pictures so you’ll have something to look back on and remember your awesome Valentine’s Day get-a-way.
If you’d rather stay in, there are a few options for you as well. You can host a Stop Light Party. For this you can invite all your friends, whether they are single or not. At this party all those who are single should wear green, those who are in a relationship wear red, and those who are in an “it’s complicated” part of their life can wear yellow. It’s a nice way to have a mixer and know immediately who’s available.
Of course, there’s the chance you really don’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day. That’s fine. Have an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party instead. You can take inspiration from the 2010 movie “Valentine’s Day” where Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel have their own party complete with wine, chocolate, a heart-shaped pinata, and the burning of ex-boyfriends’ photos. Vent about your ex’s and make fun of them with your friends. See who has the worst first date stories. Describe your ideal guy. You can also have a movie marathon with scary movies or comedies. You can scream or laugh, but no crying is allowed.
Life is made more enjoyable by having good friends nearby. So if you find yourself feeling lonely as Valentine’s Day is approaching, remind yourself that it doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes is a couple of phone calls, texts, or e-mails and you’ve got a party. Surround yourself with people who care about you and celebrate the independence and fun that comes with being single.