Single or loved up: Valentines Day isn't worth the hype
FOR 364 days of the every year I consider being perennially single one of the best decisions of my life.
I am free to do whatever I want, when I want.
Being tied to a partner meant I would never have been able to simply pick up and move to Oxford only to come home a year earlier than planned because I was sick of the bad weather.
To me, being single means no smooshing someone else into my schedule, no judgement for the atrocious movies I like to watch and best of all a queen bed all to myself.
Then Valentine's Day happens.
Like the dreaded "how's your love life" question, the entire day seems designed to make the happily single feel bad about their choice.
The balloons, the chocolate, the stupidly flowery cards - they are all screaming that you need a partner.
The TV shows and movies about the mopey single girls in a corner while everyone else is loved up.
The slightly nauseating news stories about some random person's over the top expression of love.
The entire world is telling you, you need to be loved up and if you aren't there is something wrong with you.
Even while discussing this piece in the newsroom one colleague mentioned she would set me up with her brother if he lived in Hervey Bay.
I'm happy being single, no one else gets to be the judge of that.
WHILE I have been in a relationship for the past eight years with my soon to be husband, I don't understand why there is a day dedicated to love.
My partner has always said Valentine's Day is for the women - which I tend to agree with him on.
There is so much hype about the day dedicated to showering your loved one with gifts.
I truly believe we should share the love every day.
It is about the memories and experiences we share in life that leave the biggest imprint on our hearts.
The special experiences doing something you love together or simply breakfast in bed show the true meaning of love.
These are the moments you cherish forever.
I remember the experiences like getting home from work to the smell of my favourite meal being cooked by candlelight with a glass of red, or enjoying an adventurous experience we both love like snowboarding together.
I believe when you meet your best friend, love becomes more about the joys you experience together in life rather than the gold bracelet.