Date Night With Myself :)

Hey everyone…it’s Friday so a big round of thankful sighs should suffice :)

A few days ago I read a post by Travis over at www.enemyofdebt.com where he wrote about a cheapy date night he had with his wife. His post struck a chord in me – I am after all, a guitar player – and I decided to go on a date night of my own, with myself. I know that might sound kinda weird to some, but it has been something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while, and for what ever reason, had been putting it off…until a few nights ago, Tuesday to be exact.

As you may or may not know, I have been happily single for the past 16 years and within those years, maybe went on three dates with women I met on Lava-life (a not so long story which I may share in the New Year). The rest of the time, I have been living the bachelor life and enjoying the ME time.

Recently though, I’ve been thinking that I maybe should be getting out of the house more as I tend to be a home-body and love my small apartment lifestlye. So, with that in mind, I took myself to see Thor 2: The Dark World and treated myself to a delicious smoked meat sandwich and fries at a downtown eatery named Reuben’s. And while the meal was a tad pricey, $12.00 including tip, the movie was only $6.35 because of it being half price Tuesdays! So, for less than $20.00 I saw a great movie – at least IMHO – and ate a delish Montreal favourite :) Of course, if I ate at home it would have only cost me $6.35 which is a great deal, and I’ll most likely do that next time!

So…did I enjoy myself? I did!! :)

It had been a long, long time since I had gone to a movie on my own. When I was a kid, and up until my late teen years, I would see movies all the time by my lonesome and loved doing so. Later on in life, as I had more friends, my solitary movie days took a back seat to hanging out with people instead. Every now and then though, I would think upon how I missed those days, but never did anything about it, until this week. Now, I doubt that I’ll be doing this every week, but I can definitely see me taking myself out every second week or so! It’s fun, it’s relatively inexpensive and I can see and eat what I want without having to think about a second person or finding myself in a position of having to compromise.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it’s a drag to date or to go out with friends for an evening on the town, it’s just that I love the freedom I have when I’m by myself. My time is my own and I can truly do what I want. And while you might think that one could do what they want even when someone else is part of the equation, there’s a myriad of hidden factors that go into a dynamic of two that have a way of altering things mildly, regardless of gender.

My thoughts on this subject shouldn’t be misconstrued in any way that reflects a bias against dating or being with someone. Truth be told, I look forward to jumping back into the dating scene some time in the near future. But until then, I’ll enjoy my simple, single-life outings thank you very much! Because, as it turns out, I’m a cheap date :)

So…when was the last time you took yourself out on date?

Are you more comfortable by yourself, or do you find you prefer hanging out with others?

I’d love to read your thoughts on this topic so please, keep the conversation flowing by adding a comment below.

Take care, enjoy the weekend and all the best.

Lyle

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