This weekend is Valentine’s Day. I would apologize for reminding you, but let’s face it, I’m not the only one talking about it. In light of Valentine’s Day, my roommate, Laura, and I decided to see what we were doing wrong (i.e., why we are 22 and haven’t been in serious relationships). We didn’t have to look far.
Articles have been popping up for weeks on our homepages giving us dating tips or explaining to us how men think. Erin Meanly from Glamour magazine must have read our minds because her article was the first thing that caught Laura’s eye when she signed on the Internet.
Erin explained exactly where we as women had gone wrong in seven reasons: 1. We feel entitled 2. We think we have unlimited options 3. We’re judgmental 4. We’re pickier than men 5. We go for the alpha males 6. We love ourselves more 7. We think he needs to share every interest.
After reading the article and agreeing for the most part, I realized that I, like most women, had fallen into her trap. This isn’t how I had gone wrong. This isn’t even how I think.
So because I have a strong affinity for putting off reading for class and also for making lists, I made a list of why I fail at love.
1. I am weird. Seriously, I am one of the most bizarre people I know. I freak guys out.
2. I spent my Saturday night reading dating articles online. Let’s take a minute and analyze that. Gay, straight, bi-sexual, whatever, if you’re home on a Saturday night, or if you spend most of your time reading why you aren’t in a relationship, you aren’t going to meet anyone.
3. I’m too busy to notice. If I ever actually put effort into my appearance and get checked out or complimented, I am confused at why people are looking at me or I start laughing.
I’m sure there are many other reasons, but I also have a short attention span so on to my next point. So what if I don’t have a boyfriend, girlfriend or even a valentine? That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the holiday.
In my analysis, this is one of the best ones out there for everyone. Think about it. You walk into any store and you are greeted by shelves and shelves of candy. Chocolate, red and pink Runts, and strawberry daiquiri Jelly Bellies are only a few of the magnificent treats lining the walls.
Also, the absolute best movies are on TV. “Serendipity,” “The Notebook,” “You’ve Got Mail,” you can’t tell me that you don’t love curling up on the couch with candy and watching Hanks, Gosling and Cusack woo their women. (Guys, if you haven’t seen these movies, watch them, take notes and if you feel like crying, go for it.)
Finally, Valentine’s Day marks some memorable event each year. Like last year, when I watched “Step Brothers” twice and introduced my best friend to dessert waffles (ice cream, strawberries, waffles, mmm). Or the year my stepmom bought me sexy Tweety-Bird pajamas. Talk about an oxymoron. Or even in seventh grade when I made cookies for my “boyfriend,” got my present and a kiss, and dumped him the next day. (Sorry, Weaver. If it makes you feel any better, I still use the comb set every day.)
So in conclusion, all of you out there with a special someone this weekend: flaunt it, enjoy it, live it up. For all of you without someone, don’t put my holiday down. Grab some candy, a movie and get cozy, or better yet get out and enjoy yourself, because anything is better than sitting around on a Saturday (or Sunday) and reading about why you are alone.