Have you ever sat in a semi-crowded movie theatre a noticed the person sitting alone? Did you think "Hmm..I wonder if he is a critic?" or "Maybe she's waiting for a date and he hasn't shown up". When I was young I used to think like that. The idea of going to a movie alone was *gasp* unheard of!
Then I got older (and arguably wiser) and realized why on earth would the movies be a 2+ person event? When you think about it it actually makes the least sense to bring a friend or a date to a movie because unlike a restaurant/museum/practically anywhere else on earth with the exception of the library, you can't actually speak or interact with one another! Sure you can grab a bite to eat beforehand and gab about the movie over coffee when its over, but if the sheer act of seeing a movie is all you crave going alone makes perfect sense.
That was me last night. I planned to see Black Swan with two girlfriends but after much confusion about movie times and locations neither of the ladies were able to join me. At first I considered skipping the movie and heading home but after a quick walk around the mall I realized I had no urge to go sit on the couch and what I really wanted was to see the damn movie.
And so I went. Alone. And it was great. The movie was dark, twisted and sexually charged and I thought Natalie Portman was fantastic. Sure I didn't have a friend to dissect the scenes with as we left the theatre but so what?! I saw the movie that I wanted to see and that's what really mattered to me.
I'm also the girl who'll eat alone in a restaurant but that's a story for another day.
So tell me, have you have gone solo to something that you usually wouldn't?