Let’s face it, we all want to experience the beautiful things in life with the company of our loved ones. However, sometimes we overlook the fact that we can do a lot of these things on our own. One of the most rewarding feelings is knowing that you accomplished a task without anyone else’s assistance – feel free to try any of these for starters!
1. Going to a movie solo. There’s just something about being able to release all my emotions – whether it’s non-stop laughter or a heavy sob- without having to worry about what my friend is going to think of me.
2. Discovering new music. Most of the time, I find new hip-hop and rap music from my friend’s recommendations. However, it’s always an amazing feeling to stumble upon new tracks and being able to share new music with my friends as well.
3. Going to a concert/festival. There were so many times where I chose not to buy tickets to my favorite artists and bands because I didn’t have anyone to go with, and I regret it. If going to a music festival is too scary, try going to a different set by yourself for a change. Once you get over the fear of being by yourself at a concert or festival, you’ll realize that, for the most part, everyone is at the concert for the love of the music.
4. Traveling to a new place. One of the most humbling experiences you’ll ever have is after you’ve traveled to a new place on your own. The possibilities are endless.
5. Staying at a hostel. I’ve noticed that when I stay at hostels with friends, we’re more likely to be reclusive and not want to branch out. Some of the best traveling experiences I had were when I was completely alone and hung out with the people in my hostels.
6. A meal for one. Who says that restaurants should only be reserved for dates and group outings? Forget about what’s considered as “socially acceptable,” and treat yourself out to a meal. You’ll always have the entertainment of people-watching!
7. A night in a hotel. There’s nothing more relaxing than being able to sink into the comforts of fluffy comforters and feather-stuffed pillows and watching rom-com movies on direct all night long.
8. Unplugging everything. Well maybe not everything, but at least your phone. This one might be a tough one, since we’ve become attached to the hip with technology. If there’s a day that you can afford to pry yourself away from your phone, laptop or tablet – do it!
9. Visit a museum. Preferably a museum that offers artefacts that you’re interested in! While I do love conversing with other people about their thoughts on certain art pieces, you gain a different perspective on museums when you visit one on your own. By going by yourself, you can skip exhibits you don’t care for, and spend a little extra time indulging in the ones that interest you.