So what are teen relationships like on Valentine’s Day? Well, the answer may surprise you. It is actually one of the most stressful days of the year.

For girls we look to it with heightened anticipation, but there’s also some stress. All of a sudden we have to figure out our partner’s likes and dislikes for a present and try to out-do the guy in gift giving.

The price of gifts stings as we glance at our empty wallets. How about the easy way out : a $10 McDonalds card? That would please both my bank account and his appetite.

What about the romantic dates, like in the movies? Well in reality, fancy dinners and diamond necklaces are replaced with fruit loop bracelets and homemade mac and cheese. Well, any home cooked meal is welcome.

On the other hand, for those of us with no partner, we tend to spend that day a little differently.  As we watch the couples in high school pair off and hand each other roses, we look on with longing.

However, it does not need to be a day of loneliness. You need to get out there, buy that bouquet of daffodils from Superstore and place a vase of them in your locker. Just for yourself. Open the door and, ta da! A gift to yourself celebrating you. After all, Valentine’s Day is meant to be a day of love and what everyone needs to do a little more of is love themselves.     

Yes, Valentine’s Day can be a different experience for every teen.  

The lesson to be learned is: you do not need to gift the newest Gucci bag or go for the fanciest dinner one day a year. The simplest things can be the best ways to show someone you love them and at the same time keep your wallet happy.

Furthermore, for those of you out there alone on Valentine’s Day, don’t wallow in self pity. Rather, pick yourself up and spend it with those who love you.

February 14th is a day to celebrate love, all shapes and forms of it. So this Valentine’s Day spread a little love and maybe go out of your way to help someone else. The feeling you will get in return is greater than any box of heart shaped chocolates for it is the truest form of love.