Well, we did it. Valentine’s Day is over and done with for another year. Maybe you took your significant other out for a nice dinner. Maybe you just stayed inside and watched Netflix. Whatever Valentine’s Day means for you as a couple is entirely up to you.

But wait, what about those who aren’t a couple? Surely there’s a day set aside to honor single people! They’re equally as important!

It turns out that there is – Singles Awareness Day, which is happening today! It is an unofficial holiday celebrated by – you may be shocked to learn – single people. It’s a celebration of love in all forms – friends, family, and yourself.

Many who observe Singles Awareness Day do so out of spite for Valentine’s Day, maybe because the acronym for the day is “SAD”, and what could be sadder than being single on Valentine’s Day?

I would like to disagree with that statement wholeheartedly! Sure, being in a committed relationship has its perks, but so does being single!

  1. You can travel whenever you want. That’s right – imagine if you told your significant other that you were going to go to Jamaica without them. You can bet that they’ll want to go with you, or you’ll be on the hook for an equal-or-lesser-but-definitely-not-lesser-by-much makeup trip or pricey trinket of their choosing.
  2. You can flirt freely. It’s human nature to find others attractive, and flirting is the way we express these feelings. This is harmful for those in committed relationships (think rolling pin to the head harmful). Being single means that cute barista at your favorite cafe or that mysterious stranger you run into all the time at your karaoke haunt is fair game. Just make sure they’re also single.
  3. You can take the time to work on yourself. As a single person, there’s only one person you need to look out for – you. Instead of devoting all your energy to work out the issues and woes every couple experiences, you can spend that energy on you.

    Want to be physically fit? Take as much time at the gym as you want.

    Want to play video games all night? Knock yourself out.

    Want to collect an army of pets that no human companion would ever agree to? The sky’s the limit.

When you’re single, you get to take the time to figure out what you want in life. Many couples rush into marriage and parenthood before taking the time to figure out if either of these paths are right for them.

You can also take the chance to learn financial responsibility. One thing that comes up often with people in committed relationships is that they may not have made the best financial decisions before moving along in their lives together—being single means that you only have to look out for yourself financially. Your paycheck is your own to figure out how you’re going to spend or save.

Life is a highway, and being a solo driver on it is not a negative thing. It’s a time to reflect on what you want to do with your life, time, and money.

Single or paired up, having a plan and money set aside for unexpected life events can make or break you. You want a financial advisor in your corner, so give us a call today at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or go online to book a call to discuss your financial future!

Nikki Earley, CFP®