February 14 can add a dash of discomfort in the lives of those not in the throes of a bona-fide relationship. Just think of When Harry Met Sally. Who doesn’t heart romantic movies? And when did heart become a verb?
If Valentine’s Day finds you thinking outside the chocolate box, give these links a look.
Now this — Singles Awareness (Appreciation) Day
Real? I don’t know for sure but so reports Wikipedia on the lesser known humorous holiday, Singles Awareness (or Appreciation) Day. Instead of traditional Valentine’s Day observations, single people rather gather to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status. Some want to remind romantic couples that they don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate life. (We do agree.)
Common activities during Singles Awareness Day include single events, traveling, volunteering, treating oneself to popular activities, gathering of family and friends, and gift giving for oneself. On this day many people wear green, as it is considered to be the ‘opposite’ of red. Another popular option is an absence of color (black), to symbolize an absence of celebration.
Best case scenario? I heart celebrating life. Sometimes we all just need a little boost.
Cherilynn Veland, LCSW, MSW, is a therapist living in Chicago. She also blogs about home, work, life and love at www.stopgivingitaway.com.