Final Impressions

Just the one of us

Written by James Combs

Singles: Look at the bright side rather than wallowing in self-pity.

“Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year.”

Said no single person, ever.

Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson had it right. On a day when two people in love exchange heart-shaped chocolates, floral arrangements, and jewelry, one truly is the loneliest number.

Yes, many singles would rather sleep this day away. Well, that or make gagging noises, roll their eyes, or wallow in their own single status.

This year, let’s try something different on Valentine’s Day. No, that doesn’t mean boozing up or reading one of those countless what-to-do-if-you’re-single-on-Valentine’s Day articles.

Instead, it’s time to embrace being single. Believe it or not, there are some advantages.

*You don’t have to shell out lots of money on Valentine’s Day—or any other day, for that matter— to show how committed you are to your partner. The money you save can be used to treat yourself to something nice. You’ll have to answer only to your credit card company.

*You can eat a juicy steak and watch television…in bed.

*Speaking of bed, it’s all yours. You can lay claim to the right side, left side, or the middle.

*You can flirt without fear of a jealous or insecure partner holding it over your head…or holding a machete to your face.  

*You can sleep in on the weekends without being told to fix the fence or clean the kitchen.

*You can regain control of the remote. No more Oprah if you’re a man, and no more SportsCenter if you’re a woman.

*You are forever relieved from those annoying in-laws.

*There’s no more compromising on regulating the house temperature. Therefore, you no longer feel like you’re living inside a sauna or an igloo.

*Everyday household items and groceries cost a lot less when you’re buying for one.

*If you’re a man, you can attend an unlimited amount of ball games. If you’re a woman, you can enjoy endless nights out with the girls. And you can do so without listening to someone else’s opinion of your every move.

*You can travel on a whim, whether that means a cruise to the Bahamas, a backpacking trip in the mountains, or an overseas trip. And you can do so without a nagging and fussy spouse who was reluctant to go in the first place.

*You have more time to work on yourself and fix your flaws, thus setting yourself up for a happier and healthier relationship down the road.

There you have it, singles. Your life isn’t so bad, and you’re free to make the most of this holiday however you choose.

Riding solo in February has its perks.

About the author

James Combs

Akers Media Group's James Combs has been a staff writer for several local publications since August 2000. He has had the privilege of interviewing some of Lake County’s many fascinating residents—from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans—and bringing their stories to life. A resident of Lake County since 1986, James recently embarked on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has lost 60 pounds and walks nearly five miles a day. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, skeet shooting and watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!

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