Halloween is a big event on the calendar for me. Not so much because I do anything particularly special for Halloween (last year was the first time I had actually even gone to a Halloween party) but because it's the last day before the start of what I call the "depressing season". It's that time when the weather starts to get cold and people like to cuddle up next to the fire place (or just their home with the heat on) with a significant other. And the colder weather is bolstered by a slew of holidays that often involve those significant others: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day.
I've said this before when people ask me what the toughest part of the year is to be single (and dateless). And my answer is always November-February. No one to invite over for Thanksgiving, no one to buy gifts for at Christmas, nobody to kiss at New Year's, and obviously no one to spend Valentine's day with. And I totally get the Valentine's Day is a total rip-off and a "Hallmark holiday". It really is. But I feel like relying on that as a defense, is a punk move. The reality is I'd love to experience the stress that Valentine's Day can be at least just once, instead of treating it like any other day as I have been for a while now.
There is something amazingly romantic to me about kissing in the snow or walking hand in hand in the cold while looking at Christmas decorations in town. Or inviting your girlfriend to have Thanksgiving dinner with your family (or conversely, being invited to her family's home for Thanksgiving). I could be alone in this feeling though.
Of course, I'd love to spend other moments in the year with a lovely woman too. A haunted house on Halloween, or sitting on a blanket taking in the Fourth of July fireworks, or hell even the baseball games I just went to last week. Having someone to share those moments of life with is something I really really desire. It's just, I think the nature of the upcoming season just magnifies those feelings for me.
So, I will look to enjoy this rest of this month as much as I can. And obviously hope that this time the "depressing season" isn't so depressing.