How to Get a Valentine
It’s that time of the year again, the time to celebrate Love. If you are in love, you must be busy making plans already. Do not have a mate?
No worries! Traditionally Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day to celebrate all kinds of love, and not only the romantic sort. So if you have a loving family, or a caring bunch of friends, or a pet who adores you, you have all the reasons to gear up for Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Above all, you have your own self to love and care for. Let this Valentine’s Day be a celebration of the gift called life!
Pamper yourself – Love thyself first. No. You are not being advised to turn into a Narcissist. But it is great to take some time off to appreciate you as a person. Get yourself some chocolates. Or gift a rejuvenating spa day. Freshen up your room with some delightful flowers. Cook or order in a yummy meal. Watch your favorite movie on DVD. Trust me, you’d be in the best of cheer by the end of the day!
Spend time with people who care for you – Valentine’s Day is all about caring for people you love. How about saluting people who have always loved you and been with you thick or thin? Consider spending a fun day with your family or a childhood friend – it would be a rewarding experience for sure!
Plan to do something good for others – Spread the message of love by volunteering for a cause you care about. Spend a day with inmates of an old-age home or an orphanage and see how a touch of gentle love can transform lives. Pick a cause that sincerely touches your heart for you to enjoy the activity genuinely so that the day does not turn out to be a burden for you!
But if all that sounded like consolation prize ceremonial speech to you, feel free to find yourself a Valentine to play lovebirds this Valentine’s Day. Just make sure that the person you are putting your bet on is free to go out with you on Valentine’s Day. For example, the person might be otherwise interested in you, very much so, but perhaps has an out-of-station trip pre-planned during the D-day. Here are a few clever tricks to find yourself a Valentine.
Be ready to get introduced to new people – Be open to meet new people and be pally with them. Ask friends to help you with this. Your friends would know your interests and persona to be able to set you up with the right person. Just remember not to seem too desperate since that is a sure turn off.
Resort to the world of the Web – If you know the rules of staying safe, the Internet is a great resource of meeting like-minded people. The added bonus is you may reveal identity or plan a date only if you get genuinely interested. But remember faceless friendships have chances of backfire and betrayal too!
Attend Singles Events – The city if full of party ideas for singles – at clubs, pubs and nightclubs or even some restaurants – hit such events and you may find someone you’d like to pair up with! Remember to take decisions with reason and not on impulse!
Try a sport or hit the gym – Those are places you’d surely find people who share your interest or passion. A common interest is a great ground for bonding!
Be smart enough to strike conversation with someone you like – If you have a crush on a casual acquaintance, or a classmate, take a chance by making a conscious effort to stick around more with the person. If you feel a positive vibe, try your luck by asking out! But respect and back out if the person is not interested or has prior plans.
Hit the supermarket – Believe it or not, the supermarket is a great place to look for a Valentine if you know which aisles to target. Can you see a pair of lonely eyes eyeing the packets of frozen food? Or that cute creature in the greeting card aisle glancing at the Valentine’s Day cards with sad longing? You could casually strike a general conversation and see how things turn out!
Now that you have got a date for Valentine’s Day, remember your basic manners and safety tips –
Do not compare the person with anyone else – If you are off on a blind date, or gone out for the first time with someone you haven’t spent much time with before, chances are you may find differences. Remember, no two people are alike. But every person should get respect and courtesy. It is detrimental to judge a person on parameters of somebody else. Remember, that other person is not giving you company, your current date is. So be nice.
Do not ditch your date – Come what may, if you have committed to take someone out on Valentine’s Day, see it through. No matter how alluring any other offer that came your way latter seem to be, stick to first come first served maxim! Nothing can be more insulting than being dumped by a date. If by chance there’s an emergency, be courteous to inform the person beforehand about the change of plans. It’d be nicer still if you made up by fixing a date later so that the person does not think you cancelled the appointment because you are not interested in her/him as a person.
Play it safe – If you are going out with a person you do not know too well, consider sticking to public places for a safe date. Also, remember not to trade too much of personal information. Be cautious, but not cold or impersonal.
As we sign off, remember Valentine’s Day is meant to be enjoyed, not brooded over. Having a good time is the least you can do so as not to waste one whole day of your life being miserable. Make the best of what or who you have and just have fun!
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