Unlike some people, I don't have anything against Valentine's Day. Or Christmas. Or the concept of holidays, generally. I like holidays.
And I like Valentine's Day. Even though I'm "single," even though I've only ever been on one date, even though my romantic life centers around video game characters and crushes that never go anywhere. I like being reminded that dating is an option. I don't date, but that's not because I get turned down, or because I'm against it on principle. It's mostly a matter of obliviousness.
I used to think it was because I'm afraid of messing with relationships that are working alright to begin with. Then I realized that there are a lot of people in the world, a lot of interesting people who I'm not already friends with. I tend not to notice, because I tend not to notice basically everything.
And I realized this partially because it was close to Valentine's Day, and on account of that, I'd been thinking about "romance." Or whatever it is that the kids call it these days.
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