How do you make it through the day when the whole world is in Love EXCEPT for you?
First of all, you and I both know that not everyone is in love—there are at least two of us sitting here right now and there may be dozens more out there. Regardless of the facts, it IS what Hallmark Cards, Lindt Chocolate and De Beers Diamonds wants you to feel like. Which is why we have to stick together like that saying goes: misery loves company.
Here are my two cents on what it's like to be single on Valentine's Day: it sucks. And any Single who says they don't care is a liar.
1. My promise to you in this letter
- I will NOT tell you that all you need to do is love yourself.
- I will NOT tell you to look for the hidden blocks to love that keep you from meeting “The One.”
- And I certainly WILL NOT tell you how awesome it is to be single.
2. Pick up a Valentine's Day Survival pack
1 box of tissues (let's not even try to deny that this won't be needed at some point).
Netflix account or access to your 1990s DVD collection of Romantic Movies. For example, Pretty Woman or Sleepless in Seattle (don't go halfway on this; you want to use up all of the tissues).
Your favorite blanket and slippers, preferably unwashed so that you can feel especially sorry for yourself.
Carbs (not the complex kind, the shitty kind).
Chocolate (make sure you purchase these before Valentine's Day—you don't want to endure the pity stares of the well-meaning clerk at 7-Eleven when you unload a basketful of chocolate hearts, while obviously wearing your PJs under your coat).
Your furry friend or alternatively, someone who won't try to talk you out of crying, wailing or otherwise making a fool out of yourself. Today you have every right to make a damn fool out of yourself.
A large bottle of alcohol or a large bottle of sugary liquid or both.
3. Suggested Itinerary to make the intolerable, tolerable
Call in sick with the stomach flu (as in you won't be able to stomach the Valentine's Day cheer at the office)
If you must go to work, arrive in black with a veil over your face and tell everyone you had a death in the family (anyone with a brain in their head will give you a wide berth).
Bring your children to a relative or trusted friend's house so that you can let it all hang out at home.
Buy takeout for dinner—preferably Chinese food as this will be the only place where the staff is used to awkward and antisocial people arriving to pick up their food wearing their PJs under their coat.
Watch the first movie (see above).
Get angry and yell at the wall.
Cry some more.
Cry again because now you feel like a crazy person.
Watch the second movie.
Pass out on the couch and wake up with pillow indents and a heavy sigh of relief. It's February 15th! You made it!
Remember that no matter what you decide to do today, just love yourself. Kidding! You should've seen your face! That was a good one.
But seriously, you will want to sign up for my FREE guided meditation Align with Your True Self because there is nothing better than being connected to yourself no matter what is going on in your life: