I used to be the sort of person who could barely eat a sandwich by myself let alone go to the bloody cinema without feeling like a loser. Then last year I moved to New York for a year – all by myself. I started doing a lot of things by myself and was surprised to find that rarely did I feel alone. I went to the ballet, a pilates class, a gallery and a book club sans mates. Sometimes I chatted to strangers and sometimes I didn’t. It was wonderful. I had interesting conversations with people I would have never spoken to had I been with a friend.
Of course there were times when I felt a bit lonely or that it would have been nice to share the moment with someone. My me–dates were not that frequent though and more often than not I went out with friends. Enjoying spending time on my own in public was a revelation to me. It was refreshing being by myself and doing a nice thing, just because.
I would advise everyone to do the same. Whether it’s because your friends can’t make it (or aren’t interested) or you just want to experience something by yourself – do it.
Not sure where to start? Here are seven ideas for excellent me-myself-and-I-dates…