Valentines Day Survival Guide

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Your Valentine’s Day Survival Guide

Sharyn Atkinson

Written by: Sharyn Atkinson

Sharyn Atkinson

Sharyn Atkinson has been single for 12 years — and no, she hasn’t been living under a rock and refusing to meet eligible bachelors in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. She’s just not interested in most of them, and the ones she is interested in still have their good and bad moments.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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I’m sure many people are not huge fans of Valentine’s Day, especially if you happen to be single.

I have survived 12 Valentine’s Day holidays as single, recently single, single but dating someone, single but just started seeing someone and single but not dating anyone.

The life of a single person can be complicated, regardless of what single state you happen to be in, but that’s no reason to shy away from Valentine’s Day, which is why I prepared a few tips for you.

Before I get to the fun part of the survival guide, there are a few scenarios you need to prepare for. They are going to happen anyway, so let’s get them out of the way.

From my experience, the couples of the world will ask you any combination of the following awkward questions, and unless you give them a quick-witted reply, they will think you’re down in the dumps.

I will give you a few comeback lines I like to use, which I always follow with a cheeky giggle so it is very clear I am happy just as I am.

Awkward questions to prepare for:

  • What did you get for Valentine’s day?

The cafe latte you’re making for me! It will be even better if you can do that heart-shaped thing on top with the milk.

  • What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

I’m going to wish random people a happy Valentine’s Day all day. And guess what? You’re first on the list.

  • Why are you single?

I’m still window-shopping. Finding the right person is harder than finding a nice Versace shirt. Know what I mean?

“If you’re single, this is the

opportunity to do something about it.”

Now that the awkward scenarios are out of the way, this is the part I have been waiting for!

Valentine’s Day is one of the best days for single people.

Think about it. What other time of the year can you walk up to strangers and talk to them without them mistaking you for a stalker? There is no other day.

The only other day that comes close is New Year’s Eve, but you would feel like a bit of a tool wishing random people in the street a “Happy New Year” at 7 a.m.

With Valentine’s Day, you have 24 hours to strut your stuff, get out of your comfort zone and have fun in a mushy way regardless of where you are.

You don’t have to be a fan of Valentine’s Day, but if you’re single and you want to change that, then this is the perfect opportunity to do something about it. Take it!

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