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Breaking Stereotypes: What to do this Valentine’s Day

Whether or not you have a significant other, most know that Valentine’s day is sneaking up soon. Being single shouldn’t mean you must play along with the cliché of “Forever Alone Day”- there are plenty other things to do instead. If you are in a relationship and feel pressured to have the perfect date, don’t. It should be about the person you’re with instead of the place and ambiance.

The cliché idea of a single’s Valentine’s Day may consist of watching a Nicholas Sparks film, crying, and eating unhealthy amounts of sugar (chocolates, ice cream, and strawberries covered with chocolate). But, this overhyped idea is somewhat insulting for all single people. This Valentine’s Day, instead of going with the cliché, go against it. Do something you would never do- exchange gluttonous indulgence for pampering, exchange comfort for adventure, or exchange loneliness for catching up with friends.

Just because we live in Boston doesn’t mean we’re experts of the city. Sometimes we live with such a steady routine that we don’t dare explore new areas. Boston is a city with many hidden gems, so why not hop on the T this Valentine’s Day and explore some new places- something out of your normal everyday life (of course in the legal margins). Interested in the arts? Then catch a play, or go to a museum. Consider yourself a “foodie”? Why not go out to a new restaurant that you’ve never even thought of trying.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go out. Amidst our busy schedules, we miss out on down time. Nothing is better than pampering yourself, so why not treat yourself to a  DIY spa day. I just want to clarify, just because you’re single doesn’t mean you have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. What’s better than catching up with some friends? Friends are always the best company, and after all, Valentine’s Day is a celebration for love.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t only pressure single people but couples as well. Couples have pressures to make this day extra special. This may be due to all the advertising which seem to suffocate you with hearts and stuffed teddy bears. So, you’re probably thinking, well here comes another expensive and fancy Valentine’s day (or maybe not). But many say the simple moments are always the best. Instead of dining in at one of the top restaurants in the city, why not do something more personal. Visit the restaurant where something of emotional value was shared- a milestone moment in the relationship. Apart from that, “homey” restaurants always have the purpose of making you comfortable.

In terms of gifts- I mean let’s be honest- I don’t have a crystal ball to tell me what the perfect gift will be. In all honesty, the perfect present is not about how much the gift costs, but rather how much emotional value it contains. So go out and enjoy this day with your significant other.

Whether or not you have a significant other this Valentine’s Day you do or do, break the stereotypical mold of how Valentine’s day should be spent. Do something different.

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