I know, I know. Valentine's Day recently passed and there are people out there experiencing FOMO: Singles Edition. I feel your pain, and I want to help. So, here's a solution that I think may work:
Let's date ourselves.
No, I mean it. Maybe, instead of looking around at our friends, the couples on the street, and the #relationshipgoals posts, and wishing that we could have what they had, we should stop waiting around and give those things to ourselves. There is no rule that says we need to be the object of someone else's affection to be happy. In fact, you will never be truly happy unless you are the object of your own affection.
Who says we can't take ourselves on a dinner date? Or buy ourselves gifts? Or even just have a Netflix and chill night with ourselves - not in the spirit of being lonely and wallowing in self-pity, but in the spirit of just taking time to chill out and enjoy your own company? Contrary to what society conditions us to believe, it's not lame to be by yourself. Sometimes, it's actually the best thing that could happen, even if we often only understand that in hindsight.
Think about it: having a boyfriend or girlfriend can be awesome, but it's also a huge time committment. But, if you are your own boyfriend or girlfriend, that time can be spent doing you and fulfilling your own wants and needs. And when you can feel fulfilled by yourself, you won't find yourself feeling that void of not having a relationship...because you will already be in the most beautiful and loving relationship - with yourself. (Plus, from what I've seen, relationships usually happen when you aren't actively looking for one.)
I'm not sayng that all of us should just give up on dating. I'm saying that we should not get into relationships with other people just because we feel the need to keep up with everyone else, or feel like we're worth less without a significant other. That kind of mentality is how people become codependent.
I'm saying that we should use the time they have to ourselves, to give ourselves the same love we'd expect from a significant other. Nowhere does it say that you need to be cuffed in order to receive love.
And, the best part is that, if you give love to yourself regularly, you'll attract more love from others,too. Like energies attract.