10 Activities You Should Try Doing Alone at Least Once in Your Life

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If you had told teenage me that going to the movies alone would one day be one of our greatest pleasures in life, she would have thought that a) we were nuts and b) we were losers. While the first is debatable, the second isn’t necessarily true – there’s something so peaceful about sitting in the dark with a snack and not being expected to react a certain way or discuss a movie after it’s over. I don’t know. It’s just awesome.

Here are 10 other things that you may have been intimidated to do alone, but that are definitely worth pushing out of your comfort zone for.

#10. Check out your favorite band – or find a new one.

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If you’re bored after a set and want to go, you can. If you’re totally digging the band and want to stick around for autographs, no one is going to complain. Perfection!

#9. Sign up for a dance class.

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It’s great exercise and you might like it – why not give it a try!

#8. Go to an amusement park.

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Spend a day in the sun, riding the rides you want and not having to share your funnel cake. Perfection.

#7. Learn a new skill or sport.

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Take art classes or join an archery club – you never know when you’ll find something you love and meet interesting new people in the process.

#6. Volunteer.

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You’ll meet other like-minded people and engage with a cause you believe in. What could be better than that?

#5. Travel.

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Society will try to convince you that traveling alone – especially if you’re a woman – is dangerous and ill-advised. If you’re careful, it’s not, and if you have the money and the time, there’s no better way to spend it.

#4. Take a hike.

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It’s important to be cautious and aware of your surroundings to ensure your safety, but don’t let the fear of going alone hold you back from the awe-inspiring experience of trekking through nature, solo.

#3. Go see a play or musical.

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I have trouble finding people who are interested in local theatre or have the time and money to splurge on the latest touring show every once in a while – but just like the movies, why miss out on something you’re dying to see just because you don’t want to go alone? You shouldn’t!

#2. Go out to dinner.

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Grab a good book or just watch the other people – not having a companion is no reason to rob yourself of the experience of dining out. Even if you do have an SO, going alone can be a liberating experience. Do things on your own timetable and order dessert without checking around first.

#1. Explore a museum.

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Chances are that this is something you would do if you found yourself out of town on your own, but something you might not think to do in your hometown – except why not? Even if you’ve been in your local museums before there are always traveling exhibits, and having someone along doesn’t make learning any more or less fun.

What do you think? Are you going to try some? I’ve never eaten out alone in a sit-down restaurant so maybe that will be next on my list!