Why you should see a movie alone…

… and why it took me years to decide to do it!

When I was 7 or 8, my mom moved to Calgary to start a new job. My dad, sister, and I moved from Manitoba to join her over the course of a few months, but my mom lived in a new city without us. Every once in a while, she would talk about going out to a movie – by herself!

This seemed like such a foreign concept to me as a kid, a teenager, and even in my early 20s. Why would she go see a movie by herself? If I’m honest, I thought it was lame. I lived in new city after new city and didn’t see a lot of movies because I wasn’t going to go by myself. Until this year, in Halifax.

Here’s what I learned:

  • There are lots of other people going to movies alone! They’re not lame – so neither am I.
  • You don’t have to consider anyone else’s preferences in your movie choice (key if you have eclectic choices…).
  • You get to experience the movie through your own lens – without reactions from your friends/family/partner.
  • Perhaps most importantly: you don’t have to share your popcorn with anyone.

My new favorite self-date is taking myself to the movies! Have you tried it?

2 Replies to “Why you should see a movie alone…”

  1. Well played, Ms. Coyle. The last time I saw a movie alone was Snakes on a Plane and I left like 20 minutes into it.

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