Spoiler alert: This isn't the year that Ryan Gosling professes his love for you.

Ever since I was kid, I always built up Valentine's Day to be this magical holiday where anything could happen. It starts in kindergarten, when you put out your little shoebox, decorated in pink paper and red doily hearts, and hope that the love of your life drops an extra Scooby Doo Valentine card in it so you know that they feel the same way. Fast forward to high school, and you're convinced that this is the year your crush will bust into history class with a balloon bouquet and a choir behind him, declaring his love for you. Sadly, these things don't usually happen outside of Glee, leaving most of us disappointed every February 14th. Below we've listed our Vday expecations vs what really happens. Check it out and let us know if you agree!

 

EXPECTATION:

YOUR CRUSH WILL FINALLY PROFESS THEIR LOVE FOR YOU

GIF via When Harry Met Sally

REALITY:

THEY PROFESS THEIR LOVE...TO SOMEONE ELSE

GIF via The Little Rascals

 

 

EXPECTATION:

YOUR BF IS FINALLY GOING TO POP THE QUESTION!

GIF via Gossip GIrl

REALITY:

HE GIVES YOU ANOTHER TEDDY BEAR INSTEAD

GIF via Dawson's Creek

 

 

EXPECTATION:

YOUR VALENTINE WILL COOK YOU A ROMANTIC DINNER

GIF via Lady and The Tramp

REALITY:

HELLO APPLEBEES. (AND AWKWARD SMACKING)

GIF via Harry Potter

 

 

EXPECTATION:

YOU WILL LOOK *FLAWLESS* FOR YOUR BIG DATE

GIF via Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

REALITY:

DIFFERENT DAY, SAME FRIZZ

GIF via Princess Diaries

 

 

EXPECTATION:

YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER WILL EXPRESS THEIR TRUE FEELINGS VIA LOVE LETTER OR POEM

GIF via Pride and Prejudice

REALITY:

YOU GET A CARD WITH SOME SORT OF ANIMAL ON THE FRONT AND THE WORDS "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY" INSIDE.

GIF via The Office

 

 

EXPECTATION:

YOUR DATE WILL END WITH A NICHOLAS SPARKS STYLE KISS

GIF via The Notebook

REALITY:

"WELL, SEE YA"

GIF via The Vow

 

 

EXPECTATION:

YOU AND YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS WILL ENJOY A GIRLS NIGHT TO BOYCOTT VALENTINES DAY

GIF via Something Borrowed

REALITY:

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT A DATE

GIF via How I Met Your Mother

 

If your Vday ends in disappointment, remember, at least there's always leftover candy.

GIF via Legally Blonde

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