Updated: Jan 23
When one sense is lost, our brains get re-wired and put to work heightening our other senses. So, perhaps the absence of a boyfriend in my life is making me more receptive to the constant, relentless reminders of my relationship (or lack of) status. Or perhaps it’s the fact that we have finally surfaced after being smothered by Instagram feeds littered with pictures of smug-looking couples on their ‘cute lil Xmas weekend away XOX’; the constant and inescapable reminders of ‘boyfriend season’. Only to be thrust straight back into yet another one of the annual celebrations geared towards couples that us singletons are missing one key element to join in on yet are forced to endure.
It’s all getting a bit tedious, isn’t it? You literally can’t run to the shop for some milk for your morning cuppa’ without being smacked in the face with a ‘Dine in two for £10 this Valentines’ sign. You can’t even sit on your own in the comfort of your own home and innocently flick through TV channels without being bombarded with ‘Couples Come Dine With Me’, Married at first sight, First Dates, and now Love Island is back- GIVE ME STRENGTH!
From the movie 'Valentine's Day'
Imagine a parallel universe. Each year, after the months of couples just about surviving ‘single season’, on February 14th all the sad people who are in relationships sit at home in front of the notebook and sob into their Doritos and tub of Ben and Jerry's cookie dough, after sinking a £4 bottle of Echo Falls (far too specific to be made up, I know!). Whilst restaurants and bars are buzzing with single people ‘cheers’-ing to being with themselves for…their whole lives.
From the movie 'Legally Blonde'
In light of this worryingly appealing parallel universe, and after years of being forced to live as a single person in an undeniably couple-orientated world, I’ve decided we need a revolution. This year it’s time we put the ‘I’ in Valentine’s day. Instead of commiserating over what we don’t have in our lives, put the financial benefits of being single to good use. Use the money you have saved by not having to buy the obligatory Christmas, birthday and Valentine’s day presents this year (and every other year) and treat yourself. Go and buy a boujee bottle of bubbly, a good book, run yourself a bath, turn your phone off and soak yourself in self-love (and really expensive bubble bath). Nothing screams ‘I love myself’ more than a 24-karat face mask; this Valentine’s day, celebrate what you have achieved in your life. By yourself, you can do whatever the hell you want, you are unstoppable; celebrate yourself.
Here are our recommendations for this Valentine's day (or any other day you feel like treating yourself!)...
'The Unexpected Joy of Being Single' novel by Catherine Gray and a bottle of MOËT
Words by Ella Winfield
Graphics by Araceli Alonso