If you are worried about being dateless on Valentine’s Day, take comfort.
“Over 50 percent of adult Americans are single,” said Margaret Overton, author of “Good in a Crisis,” a memoir about the ups and downs of ending her 20-year marriage. “To get through Valentine’s Day right after my divorce, I’d squeeze my eyes shut, cover my ears, and hum really loud to myself – and in a couple of days, it would be over.”
Overton, 55, whose book was released in paperback in January, writes honestly about the challenges of divorcing her cheating spouse, overcoming a brain aneurysm and raising her two daughters. And despite her busy schedule working long hours as an anesthesiologist, she even tried Match.com.
“I think there’s this sense where there are so many people actually on it, that people can’t actually make a commitment,” she said. “Somebody better is always just around the corner. It’s actually counter-productive.”
Here are Overton’s tips for those who are grieving a divorce or the end of a relationship this Valentine’s Day: