Opinion: Reconnecting to show love

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With ‘cuffing season’ upon us once again, I challenge you to spend Valentine’s day differently this year. 

You probably spend most of the year with your significant other so you have ample time for date nights and all the other romantic and sappy things. 

This year, I challenge you to reconnect with an old friend or a family member you haven’t seen in a while. We all live busy lives, which makes it hard at times to visit everyone in your family or old friend groups. So instead of spending it with the one you see all year, spend it with those you don’t normally see.  

Make Valentine’s Day a time to reconnect, not a time to worry about getting the right gift for your special someone or worrying about going to that fancy restaurant. 

According to dictionary.com, the definition of Valentine’s Day is a “day that celebrates romantic love, making it a popular day for couples to spend together. Valentine's Day is traditionally associated with red hearts, romance, flowers, candy or other sweet things, and the exchange of cards, called valentines, that express love.”

I’m not saying you have to follow my advice, because I get this is your one day of the year to be spoiled, watch sappy movies or stuff your face with chocolates because you’re single. 

If you do follow my challenge and go visit someone you haven’t seen in ages, do me a favor and stay off your phone. Instead, spend quality time with that person. If you are truly going to catch up with someone you must give them your full attention. 

Want to try and catch up with someone but don’t know where?

 I usually avoid going to a restaurant because they can be loud and then you can’t hear. Sometimes after you’re done eating your food it can be awkward sitting there or it works out perfect and is a way to leave. If you do choose to go to a restaurant try to choose one that is a quieter setting or choose to sit away from the crowd. 

A great choice is a coffee shop so you can get a cup of coffee and a light snack. Plus if you travel to visit that person you get to experience their local coffee shop vibes. 

Another option is doing an activity like a painting or glass blowing class. This allows time to catch up while creating something that will remind you of that day.

So this Valentine’s day don’t be cliche and do something different this year. Adventure out and visit those you don’t see often.