Valentine’s Day sucks! Here are some activites you can do to forget about the festivities. (Photo by Cameron Enomoto)

By Cameron Enomoto | Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is one of the most dreaded holidays for people who are single. It’s nearly impossible to go outside without being reminded that you’re alone and there are couples everywhere. Instead of subjecting yourself to torture, take the day to celebrate being single and live your best life.

First things first, use music to set the vibe. Avoid playlists with mushy love songs and try something a tad more cynical to tear apart the Valentine’s tradition. Some recommendations from my personal playlist include “Breaking Up” by Charli XCX, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Tina Turner, and “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi. If you’ve ever looked back on a past relationship and wondered what you saw in someone, the first song is for you. The last two are more uplifitng anthems for those who are rocking their singleness without a care in the world. Though, if you’re not liking the song recs, head on down to your local karaoke place with some friends and belt out your own favorites.

Next, treat yourself to something you don’t normally get to do. Whether that means having a spa day, going on a shopping spree, or just reading a book, you can never go wrong by spending time doing something you love. For those who are planning to go out, take advantage of Valentine’s Day deals at certain stores. Depending on where you go, you might be able to find jewelry and clothes at a decent price. Don’t forget to check out clearance deals on Feb. 15 since everyone will be trying to clear out inventory that wasn’t purchased. It wouldn’t hurt to pick up a box of chocolate or two while you’re there.

On the subject of food, takeout is the way to go. Many restaurants run a deal on wine and have specials you can only order that day. However, if you’re more comfortable making something at home, whip up some of your favorite foods and post a picture on social media. If your cooking skills are up to par, you’re sure to make every couple with restaurant reservations jealous of your meal. 

For the main event, be sure to grab your blankets and a cuddly stuffed animal to binge-watch all night. I highly recommend watching “Gone Girl” and “I Feel Pretty” since they explore self-confidence and revenge themes while also keeping you on your toes. For something more documentary-esque, I’d go with “The Tinder Swindler.” It’s an interesting movie on Netflix that exposes the hidden side of dating sites and there are moments that will make you think twice about relationships.

At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is horrible and serves no real purpose. There’s absolutely no reason for people to care about a shallow holiday that’s consumerist-oriented. Instead of searching for someone to be with that makes you happy, be someone that makes you happy.