For some people, Valentine’s Day is an exciting time to spend with their significant other. If you’re happily with someone this February 14th, I hope you have a wonderful time together!
I am 19 years old, and 100% single. I love being single, although I eventually (nowhere in the near future, though) want to find a life partner. Instead of spending this day bitter over the stupid things that college boys (or girls, love who you love y’all) have done to us, I propose a better usage of our energy.
When you’re single on V-Day, it’s always nice to remind yourself that there’s still a lot of love in your life, even though it isn’t romantic.
Here’s a list of 14 people and things that I love. I hope this inspires you to look at your life and give thanks for the love in it!
1. My niece.
My niece is the sweetest little bug in the world. She is the sun that my world revolves around, and I give thanks for her mere existence every day.
2. My friends.
Throughout this past year, I’ve lost a lot of people in my life who I considered friends. However, I’ve met some amazing individuals who have occupied substantial places in my heart. I am so grateful for the laughs we all share.
3. My family.
I have the actual best parents in the world. I also have a lovely, enormous family scattered across the world. The distance between us does not impair any love that we share, and the commitment that we put into creating consistent communication makes our bonds even stronger. That sure is something to celebrate.
4. Indira’s Inner Beauty.
The love I have for writing, filming, editing, and advertising is one that goes unparalleled. IIB is something that I am always thinking and dreaming about, and I don’t think that I would be half the person that I have become without this lovely network that I’ve created, and the people who support my content. I will never be able to say enough “thank you’s.”
5. Wearing red lipstick.
The rest of these are going to be a little bit more silly. But, honestly, it’s a special kind of powerful that I feel when I wear deep red lipstick. Here I am wearing (left to right) Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing, Kiko Milano’s Lip Stylo in 04 Deep Kiss, and M.A.C.’s Satin Lipstick in Captive.
6. In-between weather.
I’m from Michigan, so yes, I like the cold much better than the heat. However, the weather that I actually enjoy is the one that comes in between the peak seasons. I love crisp fall breezes and drizzly spring rain.
There really is just something about the water.
It makes me unbelievably happy to watch people fight for the justice that this world needs. It makes me unbelievably happy to be one of those people. #TimesUp
9. Woke rap music.
Anybody who has had a conversation with me about music knows how obsessed I am with Logic, specifically his “Everybody” album. Activism in rap makes me so happy. At any time, you can catch me screaming the lyrics to this man’s music. I also really like Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Eminem (ya girl is a tried and true Michigander). Let me know if you’d like to see a woke rap playlist on IIB!
10. Music in general.
Catch me on Spotify making new playlists way more often than I should be. Also, catch me singing very loudly always (despite being tone-deaf).
11. Street art.
No explanation needed. Just look.
I haven’t been everywhere, but it sure as heck is on my list.
They’re tasty and (usually) pretty good for you. Win-win.
14. Sleeping in.
Few things beat a lazy morning curled up in a cozy bed.
Happy Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day, my lovely friends! May it be spent surrounded by love, whether it be from a partner, friends, or (most importantly) yourself.
“New Girl” gif courtesy of Buzzfeed. All other photos courtesy of Indira Midha.