The 20 Stages of Valentine's Day, As Told by Single Ladies

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Valentine's Day is all candy hearts, Cupid and PDA — at least, if you ask taken people (and really, aren't they the worst kind?). Let's get real: Valentine's Day is WAY more than nomming on chocolates and asking yourself how you got so lucky to be in love. Want the real story? Ask a single girl. These are the true stages of Valentine's Day, as told by single ladies (the ones who really get what's going on here).

1. Spring semester starts off so well — you're finally back on campus with the girls, single and *~~loving it~~*

2. Seriously, there's never been a better time to be single in the history of ever. You don't even realize you're being lulled into a false sense of security!

3. And then suddenly you start seeing pink and red hearts in CVS, and the Internet is blowing up about #ValentinesDay.

Are we really going to do this now?

4. You're really good at hiding your thoughts on the matter.

JK, you couldn't keep quiet if your life depended on it.

5. At first, your confidence pumps into overdrive. Who needs love anyway? You've got your friends, Nutella and most importantly, Netflix.

6. …But then you realize everyone is making plans for the big day. Best of all? They won't stop talking about it.

7. When they do finally take a breath, they ask you how you're feeling.

And you're like, I'm sorry, I didn't realize I was coming down with a serious case of Single-itis. Thanks for checking on me every five minutes, guys! Super helpful!

8. You start to question everything. Will you be single forever? Is it a bad sign that you love looking at cat pictures? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!

9. Why does this holiday even exist?!

10. You decide it's time to take action. It's Friday night, and time is running out — the hunt for your Valentine is on.

11. There are like 50 bajillion PDA couples in your way all night.

Don't they know this bar is for singles only?!

12. FINALLY you spot some gorgeous beauty across the room. Now that's the V-Day candy you were looking for!

13. …But then they speak.

Oh, right — that's why you wanted to be single in the first place, duh.

14. The big day arrives. Valentine's Day is here!

Singles Awareness Day has never been so real.

15. But wait it's not too late to celebrate Galentine's Day! Okay so that was supposed to be yesterday, but you were busy hunting valentines, obviously.

16. What's so wrong with friends, Nutella and Netflix anyway? TBH that sounds WAY better than romance, candlelight and uncomfortably tight date dresses.

17. You and your fellow single besties proceed to watch chick flick after chick flick.

Why didn't you think of this before?!

18. You're also defying all stereotypes by not eating Ben & Jerry's, so you're definitely in the clear… LOL JK you've eaten a whole pint #sorrynotsorry.

19. You remember that tomorrow is just another day a day when you can look at cat pictures again without feeling an impending sense of doom. And they're so freaking cute!

THEY'RE JUST SO FLUFFY WHY COULDN'T THEY BE YOUR VALENTINES?!

20. And then the realization hits: It'll be another year before happy couples can show off again. Tomorrow, your single lady reign begins again!

About The Author

Kate is the Associate Editor of Her Campus. Before joining the staff full-time, Kate was the Campus Correspondent for the HC Skidmore College chapter as well as an editorial intern, Love editor, and national contributing writer for HC. In addition to her work with Her Campus, Kate has been a Sex & Love stringer and digital editorial intern for WomensHealthMag.com and an Inner Circle Trendspotter for MTV. Kate graduated from Skidmore College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. In her spare time, Kate is usually spotted writing fiction, playing tennis, reading pop culture blogs until her eyes hurt, baking cookies, or dreaming up her next travel adventure.