For many singles, there's perhaps no day of the year more dreaded than Valentine's Day. Logically, we all know that the holiday doesn't really mean anything — but that doesn't make being single on Valentine's Day any easier. Who wants to watch happy couples gallivant around, holding hands and feeding each other heart-shaped delicacies? I'll pass. Sure, there are a lot of perks of being perpetually single, but on February 14th, it's like every couple you pass on the street exists solely to remind you of your romantic failures — and how effing depressing is that?
But the good news is that if you're single this V-Day, you're hardly alone. There are millions of people out there in the same boat as you, so there's no need to shut yourself away all day, lamenting your single status. How you spend the holiday is up to you, but what's the harm in embracing the fact that you're single by getting all dressed up and hitting the town? Best case scenario, you meet someone great. Worst case scenario, you have a couple drinks, then crawl into bed at 1 a.m. with some chicken nuggets (which doesn't sound half-bad to me).
If you're in the NYC area, here are four alternative ways to spend your V-Day — but if you just want to stay in with wine and chocolate, no one's judging you.