As the most romantic day of the year approaches, we should ask ourselves a question. What is wrong with being single?
Many find themselves being pressured into unwanted relationships that may be toxic. If you are in a relationship, it is important be happy and safe with your partner. On the other hand, if we are single, we need to remind ourselves that we are still special. This can sometimes be hard in the midst of couples hugging and kissing each other.
I asked a few people around campus a couple of questions regarding the pressures of Valentine’s Day.
Tess Hunter, a criminology student, gave her opinion about being single on Valentine’s day.
“I don’t really care at all. It’s like a weird attempt so that people don’t look desperate or something,” said Hunter.
Gurkiran Singh, a Law and Society student, spoke about the pressure Valentine’s Day brings females.
“They see all of their friends and acquaintances going out with people. They don’t want to be the only one at home and not doing anything,” said Singh.
Émilie Audet, a Society, Culture and Environment student, spoke about the pressure that both male and female partners experience during Valentine’s day.
“Guys are expected to have something extravagant ready for the girl. They have to have surprises and flowers. They have to make sure everything is right. ” said Audet. “Females are pressured to look good. They feel as though they have to have someone on Valentine’s Day.”
The idea of having someone on this day puts many people in uncomfortable positions, many feel useless and lonely. Nonetheless, there is absolutely nothing wrong in being single and focusing on your life and your career.
As a student. It is easy to get carried away, and assume that being in a relationship is a good idea. Relationships are never simple. There is normally some type of complication when you are involved with someone.
A relationship can distract you from your goals, if you pursue one for the wrong reason. It doesn’t matter how many of your friends are getting engaged. Learn to understand, value and enjoy yourself.