My Valentine This Year Is Netflix

Valentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day, is a big “holiday” in retail America. From fancy dinner and drinks, to bearing one’s significant other with gifts of flowers, stuffed animals, and chocolate, February 14th has something to offer to everyone. Everyone? Yes, everyone, even if you’re single like this fella.

So this year, I’m going to do something extraordinary on Valentine’s Day. I’m going on a date with my girlfriend, Netflix. The nerve it took me to ask her, wow, it took guts. But hey, I did it and now I have a hot date. Being in a relationship with Netflix is the best kind of relationship. This Valentine’s Day is going to rock my socks, and here’s why.

Picture by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar on Flickr.
Picture by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar from Flickr.

1. She’s Cheap

Instead of spending over $20 at one time on someone, Netflix only costs $7.99 a month. And it’s guaranteed monthly so there’s consistency. Consistency in a relationship is crucial, especially if you are thinking long-term. But not only is she cheap, but the quality that it gives is just outstanding compared to any dinner or movie. I’m telling you, you get to save your dough but have such a great time!

2. She’s Always There [with some exceptions]

Sometimes, you need that someone to always be there. Netflix can do that for you. For me, she has always been there for me through the funny, angry, and the emotional times. She has been a support system for me, my security blanket. You can also find her on your iPhone, iPad, Wii, your Apple TV, TV, or your laptop! There have been times when she hasn’t been there, through. One time, Netflix was down and I don’t know why! All I wanted to do was help, but she would not respond. She eventually picked herself up and life was back to normal. Other times she has not been there for me is whenever I don’t have a wifi connection, or I am in class. Let me tell you, the separation anxiety is REAL. But it can be easily resolved. When you’re there, she is too.

3. She Doesn’t Become Annoying

When you’re in a relationship with someone, you can easily get irritated, annoyed, or even angry with them about something they do or say. Netflix is different. I seldom get irritated, annoyed, and angry with her. The exception this rule is when it takes her forever to load or the picture is just not great quality. But she usually fixes these problems herself, which is quite nice! She can annoying to the point where you can’t stand to see her for a few hours, but that will pass.

4. She is Spontaneous!

At times, people just get bored because it’s the same thing every time they see each other. Netflix is just so different. Every time I’m with her, she has something different offer. Whether that’s a new episode, new season, or even new series, IT’S ALWAYS DIFFERENT! To have this in a relationship is rare, but so beneficial! It makes the relationship itself healthy and it is just bound to last forever.

5. She Never Argues

Despite that she can be annoying at times, she never argues with you. How great is it to be in a relationship where you don’t have to argue!? You can spend less time on things that don’t matter and focus that time on her. She’s a perfect significant other.

6. She Doesn’t Judge

This is so crucial in a relationship. When you’re with someone who tells you what you’re wearing isn’t looking great, you aren’t looking to hot, that’s just 1) brutal and 2) unhealthy. Netflix on the other hand doesn’t care what you’re wearing or what you look like, and she doesn’t care what you. She is there for you whenever you need her, hands-down!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

7. She is “Baggage Free”

Chances are that if you have ever dated someone, there is a hint of baggage from a previous relationship. This can be good because you can communicate with your significant other and hash things out. But at times, it’s just so toxic for your relationship. How can you be with someone who still has issues with their previous significant others? Don’t fear, Netflix is here to save the day. She NEVER has baggage. Whenever you start dating, your relationship is tailored to your needs. Have you ever been in a relationship that can offer that? I didn’t think so.

So while those in relationships with others spend an unreasonable amount of time and money on their significant other this Valentine’s Day, I’m going to be economical, and the time I spend will be both quantity and quality. You can say that the relationship I’m in is, well, PERFECT.

I Asked Myself Out On a Date, And I Said “Yes.”

There seems to be something romantic about being in a relationship in the winter.

I added the word seems because I’m honestly not really sure, as I’ve never been a part of that experience. But to me, it seems as though it would be lovely.

A couple of days ago I woke up to a world of white and I doodled pictures in my sketchbook of a bunch of random adventures I would take if I was in a relationship (saying that aloud feels a little bit embarrassing.)

I’d go to the beach and take pictures of the frozen waves. I’d drink late-night coffee and walk around downtown Holland to look at the ice sculptures. I’d flip open my Bible to a book that I can’t even pronounce and read a couple passages to try to interpret the message. Then I’d sing along (poorly) with my car radio, park somewhere, and stroll down the beach to watch the sunset fall sweetly beneath the waves.

Then, I realized this includes only the things that I want to do.

…And I already do all of that stuff by myself. My perspective took a 360 degree turnaround.

For me, it wasn’t about having a boy around – it was about the “fun” factor of having someone else ask me to do the stuff I already want to do. For all that I know, my (future) boyfriend might sing well when I turn on the radio. Or he doesn’t like coffee. Or he doesn’t like strolling through the sand and would much rather like walking on the sidewalk. (I at least hope he likes coffee.)

It hit me: it doesn’t take another person for me to do the things I already love to do – I can just do them.

After realizing this, I now take an extra moment to invite myself to go be awesome. To psych up about the fact that I love so many things. I say, “Hey Soph, want to go drink coffee? Want to go study on the second floor of the library?” And each time, I say, “yes.”

Campus at Night
Sometimes you can look back at your own footsteps and realize that you’ve been there for yourself all along– it doesn’t always take two to be successful.

Relationships are about sacrifice, and one day, when I find the right person, I’ll have it figured out. I’ll skip the coffee and go to an ice cream shop for the afternoon if that’s what he wants to do. I’ll walk down a path instead of blazing my own trail. But for now, while I’m single, I’m taking the opportunity to have fun and do the things that I love with the person I know best: me.


Questions? Comments? Want a list of fun things to do when you’re single in college? Tweet at me @hopesophie17. Or, send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu.