Marti Schodt
February 09, 2015 6:30 am

If you don’t have someone to face-kiss and buy you expensive chocolates, Valentine’s Day can be the worst. It’s nothing but a lot of pink and a lot of hearts and a lot of smug little teddy bears that think they know your life. Everywhere you look you see happy couples holding hands, and you’re torn between wanting to be them and wanting to push them into the closest available water source. Take heart, my fellow singletons, for although you may not currently have someone to snuggle, you do have passion in your bones and love in your fingertips, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t express that on Valentine’s Day. So grab yourself a sandwich and get to planning, because this year you’re going to try something a little different.

If your true love is nature

Go for a hike! Head to the beach! Hit the slopes! Have a real adrenaline pumping, clean air, pretty trees day. Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, so there’s nothing keeping you in the city. Get out, get moving, and get connected with beauty and away from all the aggressive heart-shaped helium balloons.

If your true love is books

Invite your friends over for a book exchange. Clean your house, stock your fridge, and go through all your old books that you may have once loved, but will probably never read again. Call your fellow bibliophiles and tell them to bring five of their own dusty paperbacks and join you for a day of pancakes and pretty words.

If your true love is physical fitness

If you love a nice sweat and a sturdy sports bra, take Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to try something new and push yourself a little outside of your comfort zone. Try rock climbing, take a kick boxing class, go for a long run on the trails—do whatever makes you feel strong and kickass, because you are and you don’t need a significant other to prove it.

If your true love is art

Art is everywhere. Take a day to experience it. Head to the museum, check out some murals, or maybe even hit up one of your local “paint a thing” places and make a mess. Tie your hair back, put on your smartest glasses and appreciate the finer things in life, because you don’t need a mate to love life and the beautiful things tucked at its edges.

If your true love is food

Everyone has a list of “someday” restaurants that they drive by on the way home from work or on the way to the gym. Assign friends a restaurant each and have them pick up one dish to bring back to headquarters for sharing. Put on some sweats, put on some music, and dig in.

If your true love is writing

NaNoWriMo may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your creative genius on. Grab a notebook, head to the nearest park bench, and let your imagination run wild. Observe passing pedestrians, chat with the local squirrels, and open your mind up to the world outside of romantic comedies playing on loop across TV channels.

If your true love is clothing

Make a list of all the little things you’ve been after and treat yo’ self. Pick up your girlfriends and spend the day trolling thrift shops, digging through the clearance section at Target, and generally buying pretty things. You deserve it.

If your true love is Netflix

The best thing about Netflix is the number of truly terrible movies at your disposable. Invite some people over and spend some time sorting through the quality cinema to get to the box-office rejects. Look for anything with people sassily folding their arms or hiding behind large objects. Once you have your list, make a blanket fort and spend the day giggling at the ridiculousness of life and love.

If your true love is animals

Everyday is a good day to go to the zoo, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Nothing can lift your spirits like fuzzy little creatures and excitable children running around waving their hands in glee. Give in to the joy, buy a slushie, take some pictures, and have an awesome day walking around one of the happiest places on earth.

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