Hi, hello, how we all doin'? Good? Fantastic news. I'm here today to make a positive change in your life, so buckle up friends.
To start, I would like to rewind to the beginning of 2017, when I realised I hadn't been to the cinema in what felt like 84 years.
There were a couple of reasons for this but the main ones were basically: costs too much, difficult to line up schedules with friends, and sometimes friends don't want to see the same movies I do.
So, because I love going to the cinema but just never seemed to go, I decided I would try going alone, which for some reason seemed absolutely terrifying.
I chose a movie I'd wanted to see but hadn't found a friend to go with, picked a time that was kinda late in the hope that the whole place would be empty and nobody would laugh at my apparent lack of friends, and then basically just prayed that this wasn't going to be an absolute disaster.
Spoiler alert: it was a complete success! Honestly I had the best time and I left the cinema like I SHOULD DO THIS EVERY GODDAMN DAY I'M GONNA MOVE INTO SCREEN 3.
For one, the cinema is not a place for talking anyway, so it's not like you can even have a conversation until you're out of the cinema if you go with a friend.
Also, sorry to break it to you but nobody in that cinema really cares that you've come to see the movie alone.
You don't have to align your schedule with someone else's, you can just go when you feel like it without relying on a friend to be free.
And you don't have to agree on what film to watch, which usually ends up in a compromise that somebody's not actually happy with.
You get to live inside a little bubble for a couple of hours, and let me tell you in this world of trash, a couple of hours reprieve is not only wanted, it's absolutely necessary.
And it can actually be nice to just spend time with yourself and do something that you really enjoy.
I know I know, the cinema can be pretty expensive. But it doesn't always have to be!
So grab your popcorn, maybe pack a blanket if you wanna be cosy, and start going to the cinema on your own. You won't regret it!
And to finish off, just a little show of hands...
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Have you ever been to the cinema on your own?
vote votesYeah, and it really wasn't that bad
vote votesYeah and it was terrible
vote votesNot yet, but I definitely wanna give it a try
vote votesNo, and I won't be doing it