If there is something that everyone should do at least once in awhile, it is taking yourself out on a “solo date.” I know some, or maybe even most people, long for the pleasure of having company, since having someone or a few friends to hang out with is always fun and comfortable. As college students, we are usually faced with the struggle of finding time and scheduling a “squad hangout.” We all have our different schedules and sometimes they don’t match up with our friends’. However, this shouldn’t stop you from going out and having a good time. Sometimes your own company is enough.
Challenge yourself: Disconnect from any form of social media while on your solo date. Let’s be real, our generation is pretty obsessed with being “connected” and we can forget to disconnect and connect with ourselves. From my experience, I’ve learned so much about myself while I’m out on a solo date. Taking yourself out is a very different experience from just spending alone time at home, watching some Netflix while soaking in the bathtub. It makes you feel in control and it makes you view everything in a different way. The feeling is a bit hard to explain, but try it and you’ll (maybe) understand.
Anyway, here are a few solo date ideas that you might want to try.
Watch a movie at the theater.
One might think that watching a movie at the theaters by yourself is a weird thing to do. We have this idea of movie dates as a two-person or group activity. But not having to worry about choosing a movie that everyone agrees to watch, not sharing your movie snacks and not having to whisper side comments through the previews are bonuses!
Visit the museum.
Take yourself on an educational trip and visit the museum of your liking. Not only do you get educational gains, the experience can be fun, and depending on the museum, it can be calming and therapeutic.
Go around town and take photos.
You know, if you’re in to photography. It’s a fun way to experience and explore the city. Another fun idea: go on a Houston graffiti crawl or a food trip!
Visit your favorite restaurant.
I have no idea why, but I know a lot of people hate eating by themselves. If this is something you aren’t comfortable doing, try bringing something to read to make the experience less awkward. Or sit at a bar, maybe you’ll meet new interesting people!
Sitting at a nice park on a sunny day, watching people walk by (not in a creepy way). Maybe listen to music or an audiobook, have some snacks to eat or even have a full on picnic… And just enjoy the weather and the environment around you.
Try to choose activities that sparks your interests and satisfies your curiosity. Remember that whatever it is you choose to do on your solo date, the most important thing is that you enjoy yourself. And hopefully you’ll learn to love your own company and more about yourself as well.