Valentine’s Day can be tough for singles, especially if you’re trying to get over an ex. Instead of wallowing in heartache, why not turn the day into an opportunity for some fun, petty, and downright satisfying activities? From naming a cockroach after your ex to renaming your ex after something less flattering, here are some delightfully petty ideas to help you move on with a smile.
1. Name a Cockroach After Your Ex
Feeling a bit vengeful? Many zoos offer the chance to name a cockroach after your ex and watch it be devoured by a hungry animal. It’s a symbolic way to let go of any lingering resentment and embrace the cycle of nature.
To participate in San Antonio’s annual “Cry Me a Cockroach” fundraiser, you can spend $10 to name a cockroach after your ex with the money going towards its “mission of securing a future for wildlife.”
The zoo also offers the option to name a $5 vegetable or a $25 rodent after your ex, which will be similarly fed to animals.
2. Name a Cat After Your Ex
If you’re a cat person, consider naming a cat after your ex. According to an Instagram post from the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, you can donate $50 to the shelter to have a feral cat named after their ex — and then neutered.
3. Rename Your Ex After Something Less Flattering
Take control of the narrative by renaming your ex after something that captures their less-than-appealing qualities. Whether it’s “The Snorer,” “The Flake,” or “The Drama Queen/King,” choose a name that reminds you why they’re an ex in the first place. Bonus points for sharing your new nickname with friends and family for a good laugh.
4. Host a “Burn Your Ex’s Stuff” Bonfire
Gather some of your ex’s belongings that you’ve been meaning to get rid of and turn them into fuel for a symbolic bonfire. Whether it’s old love letters, gifts, or clothes they left behind, watching them go up in flames can be incredibly cathartic. Just make sure to follow safety precautions and check local regulations.
5. Write a Breakup Letter You’ll Never Send
Pour out your feelings in a letter to your ex, but instead of sending it, keep it as a personal exercise. Write down everything you wish you could say to them, whether it’s anger, sadness, or even gratitude for the lessons learned. Then, seal it in an envelope and tuck it away as a reminder of your emotional release.
6. Create a “Shred Your Ex” Playlist
Compile a playlist of songs that capture your feelings about the breakup, whether they’re empowering anthems or