Traditionally, when people think about going to the movies they think of groups of people or a couple on a date. Rarely — or never — do people think about someone going to the movies alone. Today, we live in a world that craves companionship and doing things alone is branded as taboo.
Why should wanting to enjoy a nice film on your own be so hard to do? If anything, people should embrace doing things alone. Ultimately, this will allow people to not miss out on doing something just because they don’t have anyone to do it with.
Recently, I saw someone eating out at a restaurant alone and I thought that was amazing. They seemed to be enjoying their meal and didn’t care that they were surrounded by tables of full of multiple people. At the time, this was my realization moment that I shouldn’t be ashamed to do something alone. Honestly, seeing that gave me the courage to go to the movies by myself, and many others have done the same.
When You Should Go Alone
Have you ever been in the position of yearning to see a movie, but none of your friends can go? Or you have no friends that like a particular type of movie you love? Or you just can’t find anyone to go with?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then those are your chances to go alone. Just because you don’t have someone to go with doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. Chances are, if you don’t find anyone when you want to go, then you probably won’t find someone period. Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to wait until the movie comes out on demand or on DVD. But, why wait?
In this situation, the logical solution would be to go alone. Yet, not a lot of people come to that conclusion because they’re afraid. Admittedly, doing something by yourself that is generally thought of as a group event can be daunting. Social constructions that basically ‘shun’ doing things alone stop people from an amazing experience.
Take the opportunity to go to the movies alone when it arises. Personally, I was faced with this situation when Ant-Man and the Wasp came out. Unfortunately, basically all of my friends are not big Marvel fans and the one that is had already seen it. So, I decided to go alone. After I took the initiative to see it solo, I was glad I went.
How It Feels to be By Yourself at the Movies
As you walk to the ticket line, there is a nagging antsiness to your movements. You can’t help but look around and wonder if everyone is looking at you. You feel like everyone knows that you’re alone. Before you get all the way there, you almost turn back but you push through. When you pick what seat to sit in, a feeling of relief overcomes you when you don’t need to coordinate where to sit. There is no need to find a section with two or three seats available; all you have to do is find one for yourself. In a theater that doesn’t assign seats, going alone is even better.
While you get your drink, popcorn and/or candy, you don’t have to wait for a friend behind you. Worrying about only gives you time to get to your seats before the previews. So, if you’re like me, you want to see the previews because they help you decide what movie to see next.
For some reason, as soon as you sit down alone at the movies for the first time a giddy feeling overcomes you. Truthfully, there is just a sense of freedom and excitement about being alone at the movies. Enjoying a movie you want to see doesn’t need two people.
Once the lights dim, nothing else matters. No one cares that you’re alone. Take the plunge and go alone and see how it makes you feel.
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