To Be My Own Valentine 

To Be My Own Valentine 

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Self-love in the season of romance

Candy Hua, Staff Writer

Flying Solo: An Intro to Loving Your Own Company  

Valentine’s Day often spotlights romantic love, but there’s an unsung narrative worth celebrating — the love story with oneself. In a world where being part of a couple is glorified, taking a day to honour your single status is not just refreshing; it’s revolutionary. It’s about romanticizing the little moments: your morning routine, the solo walks, the personal victories that don’t require an audience. This is a call to embrace the freedom and growth that come with being unattached, to find joy in independence, and to recognize that sometimes, the most significant relationship is the one you have with yourself.   

The Upside of Independence: Celebrating Singlehood  

Being single on Valentine’s Day can actually be a refreshing and empowering experience. It’s a time to celebrate self-love and personal freedom, where you’re not tied to the expectations or compromises that often come with a relationship. You have the chance to explore your own interests, indulge in self-care, and set personal goals without having to consider a partner’s needs or schedule. It’s a day where you can treat yourself, whether by getting cozy with your favourite book, going on an adventure, or simply enjoying the peace of your own company. Plus, you can spread the love in different ways, like reconnecting with friends and family or volunteering. Being single means you can focus on personal growth and really get to know yourself, which is beautiful and positive. It’s an opportunity to build a strong foundation of self-worth and independence. So, this Valentine’s Day, embrace the freedom and joy that comes with being single! 

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Tips for Treating Yourself  

Self-love is a celebration of honouring your own journey, recognizing your worth, and embracing who you are at your core. It’s about giving yourself permission to prioritize your wellbeing and happiness. Celebrating self-love means taking the time to understand your needs, setting boundaries, and pursuing your passions with vigour. It’s the quiet moments of gratitude for your achievements and the loud, proud moments of standing up for your beliefs. For university students, it’s a powerful affirmation of independence and identity during a transformative chapter of life. And for everyone else, it’s a lifelong romance with the person who’s been there through it all: you. Let’s toast to self-love this Valentine’s Day because the most enduring relationship we’ll ever have is the one we build with ourselves. It’s a relationship worth celebrating every day, not just on February 14th.   

New Traditions: Valentine’s Day Your Way  

Creating new traditions on Valentine’s Day can be a refreshing way to celebrate love in all its forms, especially our love for ourselves. It’s about stepping outside the box of roses and chocolates and crafting moments that resonate with our individuality. Whether you’re a student looking to break away from the stress of exams with a self-care night or someone seeking to redefine the day, the possibilities are endless. Imagine starting the day with a sunrise yoga session, feeling the quiet energy of the morning, or penning a love letter to yourself, highlighting your strengths and dreams. It could be gathering friends for a potluck where each dish tells a story of friendship and support. Or maybe it’s volunteering, spreading kindness and compassion in your community. These personal traditions make the day meaningful, turning it into a canvas where you paint your version of love and celebration.   

The Power of Platonic Love: Friends as Valentines  

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romance; it’s a chance to honour the power of community and friendship. Often overlooked on this holiday, these bonds are the unsung heroes that bring warmth to our lives. It’s about celebrating those who’ve stood by you, sharing laughs over memories, and the comfort of knowing you’re not alone. Picture a cozy gathering with your closest pals, exchanging stories or handmade gifts that hold more sentimental value than any store-bought card. It’s a day to reach out to someone who might be feeling isolated, to remind them they’re valued. In a world where we often rush, Valentine’s Day can be a pause button, prompting us to appreciate the diverse tapestry of relationships that enrich our days. So let’s raise a glass to the friends who’ve become family, the communities that support us, and the spirit of togetherness that deserves to be celebrated. 

Wrapping Up: Why Solo is the New Rom-Com Hero  

Valentine’s Day as a single person can be a profound experience. It’s an opportunity to redefine the day as a moment of self-appreciation and introspection. Celebrate your individuality, your resilience, and the love you can give yourself. It’s a day to reflect on your personal growth, pamper yourself, and recognize the beauty of your journey. By romanticizing your single status on this day, you’re not just passing the time; you’re enriching your life with self-care and self-love, creating a meaningful tradition that celebrates the most enduring relationship you’ll ever have — the one with yourself.