I pulled my debit card out of the ticket machine, and retrieved my ticket as it spit out. I slid it in my jacket pocket, adjusted my purse strap on my right shoulder, and made my way to the concession.
As I stood in line, my first thought was everyone is staring at me; they all know I’m here alone.
I was sandwiched between a cuddly couple waiting in line in front of me, and a father with his two kids behind me.
Giggles filled the atmosphere.
“Can I help who’s next please?” I didn’t hear this.
“Can I help you?” The girl behind the counter called out to me. Her disapproving look on her face told me that she’d been calling to me a few times more than I realized.
Oops, I thought to myself.
I continued looking up at the menu board, and felt such a sense of freedom standing there. I could order anything I wanted. No one was waiting for me, except for the impatient girl taking my order.
I took a deep breath, inhaling a sense of peace. I tucked my hair behind my ear, and gave her my order of popcorn and drink.
When I arrived in the theatre room, I scanned the rows of seats. There were many available, with only about twenty people waiting for the movie to start.
I can sit wherever I want. I exhaled any embarrassment that I mistakenly felt.
Juggling my fountain drink in my right hand and my overflowing popcorn bag in my left, I made my way up the stairs to the middle row, and walked across to the centre.
Though it was in a public theatre, I found it peaceful seated there alone. It was like it would be at home, on the couch, except with a huge screen.
I walked out of that theatre feeling renewed. Though, the movie didn’t turn out to be a favourite of mine, the experience was.
This was about four years ago now. I think I’m due for another, as I miss it…
Going to see a movie alone is so freeing.
I’ve met countless people who claim that they could never see a movie alone. And even I was one of them. But I am telling you, it is so good for the soul. It is so freeing for the soul. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, give it a try sometime. You just might like it!
Benefits of Going to a Movie Alone:
- You can pick whichever movie you want, with ease.
- It’s liberating
- Sit wherever you like
- Enjoy some “me time”
- It’s empowering
- Learn to be alone (if you’re not used to it)
Sincerely + gratefully,