From the same minds that conceived Bring Your Stepchild to Work Week and National Catfish Month, and, for that matter Valentine's Day, you are now asked to contend with February 15's new designation as Single Awareness Day. Yes, SAD, for short.
For those who are painfully aware of their single status on the 14th, Single Awareness Day is rather a time to celebrate all the things you lamented yesterday. Apparently today is the day to proudly go out to eat by yourself. Take in a movie and buy yourself some flowers. If you are truly feeling SAD take a carriage ride for one, buy a single ice cream cone, and watch the sun set..alone.
Your San Diego Dating Examiner has a better way to spend the day after the wholly-contrived international day of romance, and any day really, when you are feeling particularly single. Go on facebook and cyber-stalk the people who have let you down. Few acts can be as gratifying as anonymously weeding through the personal life of someone you used to date.
Now, we do not endorse bullying, or anything illegal. If you cannot scroll an exes page without succumbing to the impulse to post what a bastard he is, then perhaps your time would be better spent seeking professional attention. Remain aloof. Part of the beauty of social media is you can privately scrutinize the wreckage of other people's lives, and judge them without reprisal.
We recommend searching only those individuals you know, or whom you are reasonably sure are doing worse than you. Learning the woman who stood you up for prom is now happily dating Tom Brady can truly ruin an otherwise joyous Single Awareness Day.
Do you know anyone going through a second divorce? Click on them, whether you've dated or not. Leaf through the pictures of someone whose life is in tatters, and you won't mind staying home on a Friday night.
People who have undergone significant weight gain can also help you feel better about yourself. See how many High School cheerleader's names you can come up with. Even if you haven't maintained your youthful figure, the "beautiful people" have the furthest to fall. The effect the years have on a teenage knockout are often dramatic. Delight in their misfortune, and forget about your own. The joy you feel will be hallow and undeserved, sure, but it's better than being SAD.