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Burning of a Nose: An Anti-Valentines Day Playlist.
Lets wind the clock back to February 2013, the first time I was alone on Valentine's Day in 4 years. My relationship with my girlfriend ended the previous October. It feels weird to say, but I was actually kind of thank full for the time alone: no gifts to buy, no dinner to plan, and certainly no fucking Nicholas Sparks' film adaptations to watch.
Birds who fly solo
Birds who fly solo are said to have the strongest wings.These birds welcome companionship but do not need it.Here's to striving to be such birds. Free. Free to live life to the fullest on our own terms!
Bye Bye Valentine
It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind romances that Valentine's Day (And the Hallmark Channel) want you to be ensnared in. It's also just as easy to be beyond that and frankly just despise the holiday. This is especially true if you're single. It's incredibly easy to watch all the happy couples going about doing their couple-y things and get jealous and angry. I have a bit of advice, though. Don't do that.
"You Can't Stop Me Lovin' Myself!": How these 7 BTS Songs taught me to Embrace Self-Love
I don't hate Valentine's Day. Expressing the adoration you feel for your partner by bringing them flowers or taking them out to dinner on a specific day is an undertaking that can always be done the other 364 days in the year but setting aside February 14th to do so is certainly a lovely gesture.
Admittedly, this will not be immediately cathartic. It will be more of a suave-yourself-up-to-go-out-with-the-girls-and-the-gays feeling. Post-pandemic, of course. This playlist (listen here) is truly meant for anyone hyping themselves up, either for a night on the town or grooving by yourself, but either way dancing needs to be involved. Listen to this straight through, starting when you start getting yourself ready for the night.
The Mixtape for the Masochist who Loves Love and is Trying to Love on Themselves More
I took that picture a couple months into quarantine walking home from work when I was holding onto a not-so-thought-out goal of finding love in a pandemic. (To be completely honest, I took the photo in September but the explanation of my sentiment early on in quarantine life is accurate.) I even went as far to make the claim that February 14, 2021 would be my first year having a Valentine. Grandiose dramatic proclamations that I have pledged to stop making. I am sitting here on the aforementioned world-renowned date typing this so your educational guess about my relationship status is accurate. Also the subtitle is exposing my reality in plain sight.
Not Your Valentine
What is love - Haddaway This is the song that is the beginning of everything. We want love but we don't want to get hurt as we have always been told that love is pain, love hurts and love is hard. This song is literally the prayer of not getting hurt in love - "Please don't be like everyone who played me".
14 Reasons Why
If there's someone in your life you're thinking of ditching this Valentine's day, but you're just not sure if you want to go through with it, here's 14 reasons why you probably should. If any of these are true for you, it might be time for you to finally forget them and move on. And since it is the 14th, I picked 14 songs to help you do just that.
Surviving the V-Day Moods
Let's be honest. No one can really prepare you for heartbreak or the emotional roller coaster that comes with it, especially the ones that throw you for a loop in one day. Valentine's Day has always been a polarizing holiday for many. Either you're spending it with a loved one or loathing the love in the air because a) you're nursing a broken heart or b) because you've been single for a while and are starting to accept your life as a cat lady/man. The holiday is certainly cheesy but we end up getting caught up in it anyways. That's okay! We all handle it differently. Perhaps you're like me and just refuse to sit and wallow in self-pity. You want to feel good and focus on ANYTHING else, you deserve that much right?
The Playlist of Anti-Feels
So, I know that I can be a bit of a drag when it comes to Valentine's day, but maybe it's because... welp, I don't have a significant other, and I really just don't care for the Lover's Holiday. For me, it's my younger sister's Birthday, so that's what I celebrate. Growing up with this Holiday as her birthday at first was a little strange, but I then realize that maybe this isn't so bad. But then, when no one showed up at her Birthday party, that was where I started to hate the holiday. I know it's the "Day of Love", but no one had the time to at least stop by for her Birthday. And even when I moved away from my hometown, away from her to pursue my own dreams, I always felt like Valentine's Day was my sister's Birthday, and even now.
Anti-Valentines/Self Love Playlist
Since I do not have that special someone in my life, I think it is perfectly fitting for me to write an Anti-Valentine’s day playlist. It is ironic because I am a Yoga Instructor, and I am teaching a class on Valentine’s day for single people. I plan to use this playlist in my class; however, this playlist will also focus on self-love.
I Want To Be Left Alone
I will admit straight up, I am not single. However, I was single for so many years that the feeling has never gone completely away, even though I know that guy I see every morning, and I'm married to, isn’t going anywhere. A part of me is still single.