Friday, 12 December 2008
Guest post by Megeletto
There is a definitely stigma in society about aloneness. Going shopping, going to a movie, or even going out to eat by yourself is a definite no-no. People judge and pity those who deign to do things alone. Why?
I love to go to movies by myself. I've had conversations with people who think I'm nuts because of it. I even had one person tell me that they would rather go to a sporting event alone than to a movie alone. You can't even talk during a movie... Why do you need another person there with you? I personally think that everyone should go to a movie in the theaters alone at least once. Fear of being alone is a lame reason to not do something. Are we really just so afraid to be alone that we push that fear (and the direct relief of not being the one alone) onto others?
Despite the fact that I am confident doing many things alone people still stare and make comments to me/about me. I got to thinking about it today as I enjoyed lunch at a restaurant – alone. Why should I feel judged just because I'm not with another person?
What is it about being alone that bothers people so much?