Usually, if you aren’t used to doing things by yourself, it can seem kind of scary and weird to think about going to the movies or eating alone.

However, it could possibly be one of the best things for you as a person. If you are a person like me who freaks out at the idea of doing something alone, then you understand how nerve racking it can be to go somewhere by yourself.

I will admit I have never really done anything alone, and I am 18 years old. I don’t live at home, but I still am always with family or friends. I still make sure my mom goes to the doctor with me or to my eye doctor appointment.

I know that constantly being around people is not for everyone. Some people prefer to go and do things alone. But for those of us who do things alone, it isn’t the “norm.”

Recently, I wrote a movie review for this paper, and no one would tag along to the movie with me. So the only choice I had was to see it alone. Honestly, it was really weird seeing a movie by myself. Only buying one ticket, small popcorn, and a small drink was something I have never experienced before. But I can say it was one of the most growing experiences for me.

Going to the movies by myself was so refreshing. I didn’t have to worry about anyone but myself. I was able to think my own thoughts, which you can do when someone else is there. But the difference is that I didn’t have to tell anyone my thoughts. I didn’t have to answer to anyone.

Woman sitting alone

You would think going to the movies alone would make you feel lonely and weird. But, in reality, it helps you grow as person. You grow this sort of independence by doing things alone. You may feel that people could be looking at you like ‘what the heck is this person doing?’ But I feel that everyone should try to do things by themselves every now and then.

I learned that it is not always healthy to constantly depend on others. It is refreshing and helpful to do things on your own. You really learn more about yourself as a person and the things you are capable of.

Another thing I suggest people should do at least once is eat by themselves. Go to a restaurant and eat alone. Most people probably will never do this, unless you are one of those people who enjoy being alone. When you think of eating by yourself, you think,  “I don’t want to be that weirdo sitting alone.” But don’t think about what the others around you think, because it is so much fun to just people watch and observe the world around you. You learn more about other people as well.

I can honestly say everyone should go and do things on their own. It helps you grow as a person. No matter how lonely you may think you feel, still go out there and do it.

Posted by Tina Gonzalez

I am a freshman Public Relations major at South Plains College. I am the Feature and Online Editor for the Plainsman Press. I was born and raised in Lubbock Tx.

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