Thursday, February 9, 2012
SAD: Singles Awareness Day
Me, "Don't let it be sad, there are a lot of people that love you, and that you love, to celebrate on that day."
"Not on Singles Awareness Day," replied young, single, male, co-worker.
Understanding the play on words brought a chuckle but the seriousness of both these individuals about their distaste for February 14th was real. That is sad. They are not the first unattached (young or old) people that have expressed the sentiment that Valentine's Day highlights, like a neon sign, their singleness.
"You can't go to a restaurant because everyone there is a couple," she declared.
This message is not for those who are happy with your singleness, your satisfaction of relationship status is to be applauded, but there is a vast majority who feel as these do.
So what are the options?
1. Ignore the day, treat it like every other day.
2. Show your love and appreciation to those who make your life better, i.e. parents, siblings, friends, coworkers, etc.
3. Allow others around you to show their love and appreciation of you.
4. Show your love for humanity by volunteering, i.e. soup kitchen, food bank, visiting an elder care center, animal shelter, etc.
Valentine's Day can be SAD but it can also be an opportunity for you to make it special for someone else. The choice is yours.