I was on a plane ride recently reading an in-flight magazine, where we got the chance to read five guys’ “real” opinions on Valentine’s Day. These poor husbands and boyfriends felt so oppressed! The words “Happy Valentine’s Day” in the morning filled them with dread as they would have to be romantic on demand.
The saccharine-sweet quality of Valentine’s Day, that fills us with expectation and often tends to make us feel disappointed whether we are single or in a relationship, struck me 8 years when I launched International Quirkyalone Day with parties in four cities. The flagship party was in San Francisco. In our second year, the party got so big the fire marshalls came but then they wanted to party too.
IQD is for everyone, because couples as well as singles needed a liberating alternative holiday to celebrate the joys of connection: to yourself, to your mate (if you have one), to friends, family, passions, and so on.
International Quirkyalone Day marches on! I am astounded that it has been celebrated in so many cities (40). This year I have been more engrossed in my own personal adventures, wrapping up my travels in South America, so I haven’t thrown a quirkyalone day party the way I have in years past.
But I take this opportunity to wish all of you the most alive and fresh Quirkyalone Day ever! I invite you to do something new Quirkyalone Day, shake up your world a bit by visiting a new spot in or outside your town, take a class, take a chance and make a new friend (and I don’t mean on Facebook). Rearrange your furniture, try a new recipe, dance alone in your underwear for an hour. At the least, buy yourself some daisies, chosen for their natural, sunny quality, they are the official flower of the quirkyalone movement.
And above all, love thyself.
Here is a video from Keith Olbermann’s Countdown in MSNBC (RIP) featuring the 2005 IQD party in San Francisco and interviews with yours truly about this new holiday:
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