I love being with people, having a good chat and a laugh, making memories…but I do like to do some things by myself.
It can, and has felt uncomfortable at times, but if there is something I really want to do or see, I don’t want to sacrifice it because others aren’t around.
It can also be a good way to recharge or to challenge myself. Feeling accomplished goes a long way towards making me feel good.
Here are a few of the things I have done alone and will definitely do again.
I’ve done quite a few trips abroad on my own. This has usually come about when I have had time off work at a time when my friends haven’t. I didn’t want to waste the time off, so online I went and booked my trips.
The first time I was very nervous and worried, but this has lessened after each trip. You might like to read about my tips for getting over the worry in my I’m A Worrier post.
Travelling alone forces me to really take in my surroundings and to get out of my shy moments and talk to people I don’t know.
I have made a few good friends along the way too.
I do actually prefer to do this alone, so no discomfort here (sorry friends).
When I shop, I know what I’m looking for and I only want to focus on me at times like that.
If I don’t go shopping alone but still have specific things to look for, I’ll go with one other person. Someone who knows me well enough to recognise when I am getting ‘hangry’ and is a good wing person to stop me from getting distracted. This always good at Christmas when it’s all atmospheric and lights and cheery songs try to lure me into shops that are not on my list.
If I don’t want/need to buy anything, I am happy to shop with others.
I love the whole breaking bread with people but I have dined out alone.
Some of the times it has been on a solo holiday, but also just on a normal day in London. It’s common in London with all the business travellers, so that helps. To be honest though, if I want food, nothing, no one, or being on my own will stop me from filling my belly.
A friend of mine often goes to the cinema alone, and it makes sense. If you want to see a film that others don’t, then why not?
I’ve done this once so far to see the BFG which was one of my all time favourite books as a child.
I won’t lie, I felt a little bit self-conscious, as there were a lot of kids with parents and I thought they might wonder why a 30 something year old woman (who looks about 27) had come alone to watch a kids film. Once the film started, I relaxed and really enjoyed the time to myself and I didn’t have to share my popcorn!
Would you do any of these things on your own? Have you? Will you?
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