Valentine’s Day is one of the holidays with the most expectations tied to it. Unless you’re dating a casanova, this day of love will most likely end with some kind of disappointment. Life is very rarely perfect. We’d all like to be pampered while looking and feeling incredibly sexy. (Pretty Woman, anyone?) But the second we put so much pressure on one day and one person to make us feel special, the likelihood that the experience will disappoint us is increased tenfold.
It’s not our fault that we have such high expectations for February 14th! Commercials for Valentine’s Day start in January, inundating you with images of gorgeous couples exchanging diamonds and perfume. Every sitcom has a V-day episode where they go on elaborate dates. Romantic movies with release dates of February 14th are guaranteed. *sigh* It’s hard out there for a single gal. Even if you’re in a relationship, it’s hard to make the holiday truly memorable, especially when you’re on a budget.
If it makes you feel better, the only gift I’ve ever gotten on Valentine’s Day is a cookie from the gas station around the corner. NOT CUTE. If I can survive that, you can, too! Here’s what you think is going to happen in February and what actually happens:
Expectation: You’re going to be drowning in the most luxurious chocolate. ‘Tis the season!
Reality: Your bae forgot to go to the expensive candy shop and bought you cheap Russell Stovers instead. Sigh. It’ll do.
2) Your outfit
Expectation: You are muy caliente in your skintight red dress and themed nails. You’ve never looked better.
Reality: You’re on your period and the last thing you want to do is put on a tight dress. You didn’t have time to go out and shop for that perfect little number. Maybe you should just stay in…
3) Your date
Expectation: You’re spending Valentine’s Day with the love-of-your-life. They surprise you with something magical that should be in a movie.
Reality: You guys can’t decide on plans and end up doing something that is decidedly not magical.
Expectation: A fancy restaurant with white tablecloths. You’ll be staring at each other over a delicious dinner, anticipating the romance afterwards.
Reality: Surprise, surprise- your date didn’t make a reservation in time, and now it’s really hard to find somewhere to eat. You end up having to go to some overpriced place with a pre fixe menu you’re not even into. The whole time you feel guilty about how expensive it is.
Expectation: Diamonds. Jewels. Rings. Necklaces. This is your day to be pampered.
Reality: Well, looks like they stopped at CVS on February 14th. A card and a teddy bear? Yayyyyyy.
Expectation: Hot, steamy, unbridled passion awaits you on this day of love. It will be better than anything you’ve ever experienced.
Reality: Your parents literally will not leave you alone and there’s no where you can go to have some privacy.
7) Love letters
Expectation: You will receive the most romantic card with paragraphs upon paragraphs explaining how much bae loves you.
Reality: Bae thought you didn’t like cards, so…
8) Your social media
Expectation: You’ll have so many pictures of your perfect Valentine’s Day for the world to see. Your life is so Instagram-worthy.
Reality: Your picture comes out bad and you can’t post it. Everyone else’s pictures annoy you so much that you give up on social media.
Expectation: You get flowers because you’re a girl and that’s what is supposed to happen!
Reality: Bae did not deliver with the flowers. Your gift is cool, it’s just like… what is this holiday without flowers?
10) Day of love
Expectation: The whole day is just love, love, love.
Reality: You’re crying and upset because Valentine’s Day didn’t go the way you thought it would.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Do you like Vday? Let me know in the comments below!