The other weekend I had the house to myself. While I was excited to laze around in my pajamas and watch whatever I wanted on TV, I was even more pumped for a night out by myself to see a movie.
At this point most people are confused. But seriously, have you ever tried it?
Even though the movies are a classic stop for a first date, that doesn’t mean you can’t commandeer the theater for another purpose. There’s something completely different about watching a movie alone in a big theater. No need to share the armrests. No one to hog the popcorn or make irritating comments in the middle of a scene. Just you and the screen and your own thoughts and reactions.
It’s not like I do this every day, but it is a real treat for me once in awhile. Most of the times that I’ve done this were when I lived somewhere new and didn’t have anyone to go with anyway. But I discovered that it didn’t matter. I actually enjoyed it.
It’s not really a way to meet people. The first time you walk up to the ticket booth and ask for one ticket, you might feel a little embarrassed. (I know I did.)
I’d say the main benefit is it gets you out of the house and doing something, which can really have a positive influence on your mood and entire outlook. You go from “Wah, I don’t have friends here. I’ll never meet anyone,” to “Okay, I can do this. I just went to the movies alone. Wuddup.” This goes for anything you do alone, really. There’s a certain sense of empowerment in the fact that you went out and did something that people traditionally aren’t brave enough to do without a familiar face, a safety net. Good job, you! You’ve got this.
So, what’s playing this weekend? Will you get a small popcorn or splurge on the medium? Give it a try and let me know how it goes.