2017 is the year of doing things on your own.
Today, people can’t fathom going to restaurants or movies by themselves in fear of judgement from people that they don’t even know. It is as though we have been programmed to believe that in order to go places and do things you must have someone with you or it didn’t happen. I’ve lived that life of wanting to go somewhere and the first thing I do is try to find a friend that can go with me. The problem with that is that sometimes the person doesn’t necessarily want to do whatever it is but decides to go along with it anyway, and at the end they end up ruining the whole experience for you. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with making memories with friends, but that should not determine whether you end up doing something.
I made a promise to myself that this year if I want to go somewhere the first thing I ask is how am I going to make it possible with my schedule, and if a friend wants to join they are welcome to but regardless I’m doing it. We need to start taking time to ourselves. It’s not everywhere you go that you must have a companion. Take a day to just treat yourself; go grab some lunch or dinner at that restaurant you always wanted to go to, go enjoy a spa day to yourself, visit that new art exhibit in town, start a gym membership, go on a solo trip (this is definitely something I want to do). In the process of doing these things you just might meet someone new that you probably would have never spoke to if you were with someone else.
Enjoy your own company and don’t neglect to spend some time to yourself, because this is all a part of self-care that we all should be practicing.