Outdoor,photography,coffee, nature, food and culture lover; seeker of life's simple pleasures.
Published February 10th 2016
Stand alone without being lonely,enjoy your company
Life has left all of us alone at some stage. Perhaps you just moved to a new city, or taken a different path from family, friends or a relationship; studies or work have alienated you from socialising; or you are simply going through a skin shedding phase, where your likes, interests and passions are evolving.
Whatever the cause might be, we all sometimes wonder what to do with ourselves, by ourselves, and trust me there are millions of things out there to keep you occupied and active. So here is a small list of ten things you can do today, right now - most of them are free or cheap to do.
Learn to enjoy your own company and have fun all by yourself!
1. Try a new exercise It is never to late to train your body to do something new, watch some tutorials on the internet and copy them or simply sign up for beginners lessons at your local gym and get your body moving. It might be hard or tiring at first, but once you progress, you can always practice at home by yourself!
2. Find a new T.V series Browse the internet to find a new television series, open your scope to foreign series, manga, old school ones or even foreign soap operas (these can be hilarious). Look forward to coming home every night and watching your favourite new show.
3. Solo dinner date If you have been wanting to try a new restaurant, don't wait until someone has the time, money and desire to join you. Simply make a booking and go solo! Treat yourself to a drink, some great food and your own uncomplicated company!
4. Coffee shop hangout Cafes are the perfect spot to hang out by yourself, bring a book and read in a cosy corner. Or carry a notepad and let your surroundings inspire some writing or drawing, or listen to some relaxing music and simply sit there and enjoy the moment. The smell of coffee and the background noise.
5. Go for a walk Walking doesn't always have to have a purpose to get you somewhere. Get out of the house and really see your neighbourhood, take back streets and paths you wouldn't normally walk, get lost and immerse yourself in the motion of walking, feeling alive and seeing your surroundings.
6. Cultural endeavours
This goes hand in hand with the solo dinner date. If there is an exhibition, art show, poetry reading, theatre show or whatever cultural quirky thing you are interested in, don't wait for someone to join you or not go because you have to do it by yourself! Instead take this as an opportunity to nourish that interest and take your soul as your plus one. You might meet other people who are also interested in that subject.
7. Travel Once again, if you keep waiting until other people have the money, time and interest in going to the same destination as you, you might end up waiting many years or never travelling at all.
With precaution and planning, you can travel solo safely and comfortably, so book your next adventure and enjoy the ride!
A luxury cruise through the ocean, a hiking trip through South America, a backpacking trip to Europe or crossing a country on board of a train; wherever your passion is, you can reach it by yourself.
If you are more of a quiet creature and enjoy the comfort of your own backyard, perhaps gardening is for you. Get your hands dirty and create or improve a space, start a vegetable patch or even make some flower arrangements or potted herbs to sell at a local market.
9. Learn something new
Contact your local college, art institute or community centre and enrol yourself in a short or long course. Learning something new will boost your creativity and improve your self esteem. Perhaps you have always wanted to learn a new language, master an art form, be more crafty or become officially qualified. It is never too late to teach your mind something! Check with your local government for student loans, incentives or scholarships if money is an issue.
10. Nail a project
If you have been making excuses or putting away a project, do it now and do it by yourself. They say chopping your own wood will warm you twice, so put hands to matter and nail a project.
Whatever that may be, something that needs fixing around the home, cleaning the shed or attic, organising a party, getting a new job, whatever it may be, don't wait around for someone to lend a hand, just do it all on your own and enjoy the rewards of it!