Party of One Please: Things I’ve Learned To Enjoy By Myself
I did not learn to enjoy my own company until I relocated to start my career. Moving from my home state to one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world with little to no friends or acquaintances or family, loneliness began to set in. After almost a year stuck in the same bubble of insecurity and isolation, I begin to search for ways to adapt to my new lifestyle. Learning to accept the fact that I have more time to myself than I was used to back in my hometown, I began to enjoy everyday things solo, like going out to try a new restaurant or coming home to an empty apartment. Just because I was alone, didn’t necessarily mean I had to feel lonely.
There’s a certain type of self-assurance when it comes to doing (and enjoying) things alone. It comes along with time, self-confidence and being aware of what you need as a person, and primarily, as a woman. Some of us need alone time to escape the stresses of the day. Others might need their alone time to do something selfish every once in a while. Whatever the case may be, being alone should not automatically mean feeling lonely; it is the perfect time to put your guard down and enjoy the most important person in your life: yourself.
Going to the Movies
Some of us associate going to see a movie as a date or group experience, but in all actuality, it is one of the best places to go alone. Instead of trying to find seats for two or more or sharing popcorn and armrests with your friends, going alone gives you the advantage of sitting solo and having the experience all to yourself (especially if it’s a movie you’ve been dying to see!). Leaving your boo or friends behind also helps you to enjoy the full movie without the side commentary (or someone constantly telling you to quiet your own side commentary). So, buy that ticket for one, grab you some popcorn and enjoy a movie at the theaters all by yourself.