In 2014 it seems that Valentine’s Day is as divisive as ever. For every person celebrating a first date, a first anniversary, or a long-lasting partnership, the Internet will have you believe there is someone getting out his or her hairbrush to do a rendition of All By Myself with Bridget Jones’s Diary in gloriously un-tuneful harmony in the background.
I however, am inclined to think that, lovely as it is when you can glory in the rose-tinted glow of this annual heart-fest, it actually isn’t quite as devastating for singletons as tradition will have us believe. I could probably list a fair number of reasons as to why I am of this opinion, but I will limit it to five … for now … and if you have any more please feel free to share!
1) You Don’t Even Have to Think About Wearing Tiny Underwear
This probably mostly applies to us girls, and while beautiful lingerie does indeed make you feel like a million dollars, it’s February, and in February I am hard pushed to get out of 15 layers of knitwear to get into the shower in the morning, let alone for anything else. To make tiny underwear anywhere near fun it is also going to have to come with a holiday to Mauritius … which is probably a bit of a stretch for the short term budget, but putting the idea out there just in case.
2) We Are Not Tempted to Go Out For Dinner
The fear of being concussed by a giant pink heart (I am sure there’s one somewhere), engulfed in a sea of red glitter, or unable to get from one end of Oxford Street to the other because of a sudden infestation of hand-holding has untold benefits given that my bank account still hasn’t quite recovered from Christmas.
3) All The Chocolate We Have Is For US!
Conforming to stereotype, Chocolate plays a big part in my life, and while I am happy to share, I can’t deny that I prefer not to. Mine, mine, mine. You have love, I have chocolate – we’re both happy.
4) We Can Spend The Evening Daydreaming About An Unlikely Crush
So far in the Spabreaks.com offices, crushes have included Michel Roux Jr, Larry Lamb, Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock), and Andy Carroll. Some are more unlikely than others, but either way, us single lot can afford to revel in our daydreams accompanied by the aforementioned chocolate. I think this is considered bad manners if you have a real other half.
5) We Don’t Have to Wash Our Hair (for that day specifically anyway)
Most of the time Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, which means the majority of preparation for any sort of date-type situation is going to have to be done the evening before or in the morning. This includes washing hair, shaving legs etc, all of which takes up valuable sleeping time whichever way you look at it. As my hair has the remarkable ability to make Stig of The Dump look well-groomed most days, you can imagine how early I would have to get up if I was inclined to do anything to rectify that situation?
So there you go, that’s our five reasons we’re happy to be single on Valentine’s Day. If you’re a member of the club, what’s yours?
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