When you’re a little kid, Valentine’s Day is the occasion for bringing or making cards and candy to your classmates, teachers, family members and anyone else you appreciate.

When we get older, Valentine’s Day becomes a day that highlights romantic relationships. So, everyone who isn’t in one feels left out.

Single people spend the day talking about how much they wish they were dating someone, instead of appreciating all of the people they already have in their lives.

The bonds you have with your friends and family are just as important as the bond between a couple. And this is exactly why people don’t need to get upset when they’re “lonely” on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re upset because you feel excluded, you’re making yourself excluded. You can always have a friend over, or buy flowers for a family member.

If all of your friends are in romantic relationships, and you can’t meet a family member in person, there’s always the option of buying flowers for a neighbor, co-worker, a friend, or even someone you may not yet know very well. This will undoubtedly make their day, and brighten yours, too.

If we looked at the holiday with the optimism we had as kids, everyone would have a good time. After all, it’s only one day.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day — single or not.

Gracie Miller is a sophomore at Eisenhower High School.