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Valentine's Day Done Right

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day when couples flock to social media to declare their love, and singles avoid it like the plague. Sure, having a best friend for life sounds great, but so does being able to do whatever you want whenever you want. Being single enables you to learn to love yourself, appreciate non-romantic relationships, and independently grow. Being single on Valentine’s Day shouldn't be pitied, it should be celebrated as well.

In that spirit, this Valentine’s Day, I decided to take myself on a date in Old Antibes. I spent the day strolling down the cobblestone streets of the village, stopping into stores and practicing my French with the store employees. Then, I grabbed some gelato from my favorite place and walked to the beach. On my way home, I was listening to my old Suzuki violin tunes (if you know, you know), and walked passed a beautiful stone building, towering over the ocean. This miniature castle turned out to be the Picasso Museum of Antibes. Intrigued, I walked up the steps.

The museum was only six euro with my student ID and was beautiful inside. It was lit with the beautiful sunshine of Antibes, and you could see the ocean through the full-length windows on the walls that faced the ocean. Strolling around the museum with my classical music on, I felt like I was in an indie-short film, and I loved it. 

In all reality, being in a relationship can be amazing, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing what makes you happy. But if you haven't found that special someone, or if your relationship doesn't make you happy, there is nothing wrong with taking a step back and focusing on yourself. Self love is a lifelong journey and should be practiced every day—not just on the one day of the year that you are reminded of it.

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