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A Not So Lonely Valentine

I can bet that Valentine’s Day is probably the only holiday that is equal parts hated and loved. I’ve heard the same old argument about how much of a capitalist scheme it is so many times, but I just cannot help but love it. What else is more beautiful than a holiday completely dedicated to celebrating love in all the forms it takes? Most people don’t see it this way, because in a way, we’ve been tricked into believing that the only focus of Valentine’s Day is romantic love and that we can’t enjoy it if we’re single. 

I’m here to tell you that the moment you realize that Valentine’s isn’t just for couples is the moment that you will learn to truly enjoy the holiday. There are so many people around us who we care for and who reciprocate the same feeling. Your family and friends are also loved ones who you should cherish on Valentine’s Day. So use the holiday to show them how much you value them. 

It doesn’t have to be anything big—something simple like a text or a card can go a long way. If you’re anything like me and choose the “go big or go home” for everything, get creative! Take your friends on a date, buy your parents some flowers, make a home-cooked meal for your grandma, or get candy for your siblings. Just have fun with it!

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Another type of love that we often forget to embrace is self-love. This is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. Take yourself out and do the things you love. Give yourself a break from everything to just relax. 

I’m spending this Valentine’s alone, even though I did make hand-made valentine cards for all my friends (yes, I’m the single friend) and I have decided to make it my self-care day, so I invite you to do the same. Trust me, you’re bound to enjoy it! Think about laying on your couch with a facial on, drinking, watching TV,  reading or whatever self-indulging activity your heart craves.

Even though February 14th is just 1 out of 365 days, it’s important to celebrate love the entire year. Doing all the things I previously mentioned aren’t limited to just Valentine’s Day. As a matter of fact, they shouldn’t be, and we should always keep that in mind. Most of all, don’t just choose love—choose everything that comes with it: gratitude, kindness, and forgiveness.

Alina Vargas Soto is an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus. She's studying Communications with a major in Journalism. Whenever she isn't studying or working, she loves to watch movies, read and write poetry, and hang-out with her friends and family. She is very passionate about music, art, history, and literature, but also loves adventure and connecting with nature. Alina will drink tea and write as well as drink coffee and go on a hike.
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