Single Airman: Valentine's Day is for everyone

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  • By Airman 1st Class Spencer Gallien
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs

The time of the year has come for couples around the world to express their love for each other by opening their hearts and their check books.


For many couples, romance and Valentine's Day have become synonymous and is one of the happiest times of the year.  So what does Valentine's Day mean for all of the single Airmen out there?  I say it still means everything.


While some Airmen are out buying their girlfriends $100 promise rings, or their boyfriends video games they will probably never have time to play, I will be unlocking the newest driver on my golf video game. I might even go to the golf range and hit some real golf balls.


My point is that on an otherwise socially unacceptable day to be single, single Airmen should be proud.  While those who have husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends are doing what they have to do; us single Airmen get to do whatever we want to.


I encourage fellow single Airmen to go out and do what they enjoy for Valentine's Day, whether it is playing a sport, playing a video game or shopping for the latest, greatest clothing item; go out and do it because we can.


I have listened for the past few weeks, even months, about what my co-workers would be doing with their significant others on Valentine's Day.  As each person tries to one-up the other with ridiculous ways to impress their partner, I calmly mind my own business and thank my lucky stars that I still have at least one more year to do what I want.


Now I'm not a cynic.  I have dipped into the Valentine's Day "cookie jar," and celebrated one or two.  I'm sure almost all us single Airmen have at one time or another.


But on this Valentine's Day, this single Airman is going to enjoy not having to accommodate someone else. I encourage all my fellow singles to enjoy doing what you want and accomplish something this year that your free time allows.