June 26, 2013

Having Fun ~ Alone

It's easy to get into a rut of thinking that we must have "someone to hang out with" to have fun. But sometimes that someone should be ourselves. I told a friend how I loved going to matinee's by myself. She was shocked and asked if it was uncomfortable. I said the first time it felt a little weird but I really enjoyed it because I could pick whatever movie I wanted without complaints and it felt as though I was tucked away from the world for awhile. She decided to do it and told me later she LOVED it!

I think sometimes we get so wrapped up in others that we forget we're fun, by ourselves, on our own. We think there must be that plus one, instead of just one.

I started thinking about this when I read about artist dates. And while I love the concept of that, maybe not everyone is looking to fill their empty artist tank. But I do think it's important to realize we can have fun alone. Not to sound narcissistic, I don't mean to cut out relationships altogether, but just once in awhile to take a little time away.

Here are some ideas of dates with yourself:

1. See a movie.
2. Swing at a park.
3. Go to a museum.
4. Swim at the neighborhood pool.
5. Take a long bath.
6. Read a good book in the sunshine.
7. Visit a flower garden.
8. Go fishing.
9. Feed ducks at a pond.
10. Go out to eat at your favorite restaurant.

Seriously, don't be afraid of this. You might find out you enjoy the quiet, the solitude, the time to reflect and drink in the world around you.

Have you ever had a date with yourself?


  1. I totally have done this
    and the older I grow the more I seem to gravitate to these moments and times of solitude
    it is good to spend time on our own...it allows us to get to know ourselves even better
    I have been surprised by myself at times...that is very exciting

    awesome ideas Catherine
    great to share!

    love and light

    1. I love that thought of being surprised by yourself. That IS very exciting. Thanks, Cat!

  2. while I like walking with friends I also like walking alone :)

    I also enjoy time alone when my boys are out :)

  3. I go to the movies by myself all the time! I love it!

    I don't think I'd go fishing alone though ... who would take the fish off the hook for me?! ;)

  4. Great post Catherine. Just recently I went to The Wichita Art Museum alone and it was so nice because I could go at my own pace. I love to lay in the hammock in the back yard and read too...alone. It recharges the batteries for us creative types. :)

  5. I love going out to breakfast by myself. :) Sometime I'll have to try a movie - no one to share the popcorn with, Mwhaha! I hope your summer is going well. Xo


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