Are you SAD? There’s a special day for you

Julianna Reth, Opinion Editor

Ditch the teddy bears, chocolates, roses and tissues because Singles Awareness Day doesn’t have to be seen as the S.A.D. alternative to Valentine’s Day.

In response to the huge push by retailers for singles to buy all of their leftover candy, flowers and greeting cards, February 15 has been declared Singles Awareness Day.

S.A.D. is a day where all of the single people can proudly stand up and show that it is okay to be single.

Therefore, don’t be too upset about not having fancy dinner plans or a “bae” to spoil or vice versa on Valentine’s Day.

For the first time since the government started keeping count in 1976, a majority of adult Americans (50.2 percent) are single, according to “The Huffington Post.”

Some people may question why S.A.D. is not on the same day as Valentine’s Day. Simply choosing the next day allows singles a chance to be recognized and turns S.A.D. into a celebration rather than a festival of self-pity. Those who are single can survive Valentine’s Day and move on to their own day of celebration.

Although it does feel nice to have a significant other to spend time with, others agree that there is nothing wrong with being single and that being in a relationship is an option, not a necessity.

“It [S.A.D.] gives individuals a chance to focus on themselves and practice enjoying their independence for the time being until they’re ready to try for a relationship,” junior Hillary Nguyen-Pham said.

Besides the perk of having the Valentine’s candy be 50 percent off the day after, singles no longer have to feel sick of being left out on Valentine’s Day. Support of the day is growing
every year, but some are still skeptical.

“There’s no point in Singles Awareness Day,” senior Catherine Quiruz said. “You can celebrate and embrace being single every day.”

For some, Singles Awareness Day signifies a day to celebrate overcoming serious past relationship issues.

“Singles Awareness Day is for those who have been through a lot, like heartbreaks, abuse, and other relationship problems,” senior Nathan Mao said. “The event gives them a chance to not feel alone and feel empowered without being made fun of.”

Others view S.A.D. as an opportunity for healthy, mature self-love.

“If I were single, I would celebrate it because it sounds fun for those who don’t have a significant other to celebrate with on Valentine’s Day,” senior Kaitlan Vang said. “I see it as an event for mature singles that don’t need to be in a relationship to be or feel special and want to celebrate themselves. You don’t need to be in a relationship to be special, because you’re special on your own.”

S.A.D. also lessens the Valentine’s Day pressure on singles.

Hu says she doesn’t believe celebration of being single is pointless.

“I oppose Catherine’s statement because that’s like saying that for every other holiday,” Hu said. “There’s a day for certain people to be acknowledged. If you’re going to disagree with one holiday, you might as well disagree on every other one as well.”

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that can often leave singles feeling lonely and insecure, but with Single’s Awareness Day, people finally have an excuse to go to the movies by themselves.