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Eighty-hour work weeks can have more side effects than simply losing track of all of your hobbies. Such a demanding schedule leaves little to no time for a social life or relationship. Even if you had a significant other when you started the job, the long hours and stress have probably taken their toll on that relationship, leaving you sad, lonely, and without Valentine's Day plans.
Or, perhaps you are one of the many unemployed law graduates out there. You don't have money to go on fancy dates. Heck, you barely have money to eat. You've been single since graduation because the entirety of your time is taken up with trying to find a job -- any job -- to pay your bills.
Life sucks. You are single - and a soulless lawyer. Here are three things you can do to ease the pain on Valentine's Day:
Free Online Dating
Being single on V-Day sucks. You know it. So does everyone else who is single. Odds are that people's standards drop on Valentine's Day, so even if you are losing your hair due to stress, and constant hours in front of a computer have you looking like a Sumo wrestler, it's all good. Today's Desperation Day!
Sign up for a free online dating service, such as OkCupid!, and start hitting on fellow singletons! Plus, OkCupid's mobile app has a neat and creepy feature where it will find the closest single people to you (without disclosing your exact location, of course) so you can message local singles nearby and meet up for a drink. It may not be love, but it beats watching "Love, Actually" and "Definitely, Maybe" and crying yourself to sleep.
Speaking of painful sorrow, there's always the possibility of heading to your local pub. Single on V-Day? Nothing makes you forget about your sad solo situation better than a couple pints of Guinness. Tell yourself that it's St. Patrick's Day instead.
Plus, odds are good that there will be other depressed dons and debutantes drowning their sorrows in pints of stout.
Drown yourself in paperwork. It's easy to forget your lack of a social life when you're knee-deep in arbitration clauses and briefs about whether a non-signatory of a contract can enforce such a clause. Yeah, it's titillating, isn't it? Plus, while you may feel the pangs of loneliness, at least you can bury those feelings of inadequacy with feelings of achievement and career advancement.