Last month was the start of a living nightmare for me. To this day I am still not in the right mind frame to go about life like I used to. A lot of personal things has happened to the point where I feel like I just want to give up. That’s why I’ve been absent for weeks on pretty much every social media account. Just a few days ago, I started using Instagram and two days ago, just reactivated my Facebook.
Anyways, to get myself feeling better (hopefully), I went to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire today. On Tuesday is half off movie tickets and if you’re a Scene member (loyalty program), you save 10% on the already low Tuesday prices.
The only difference was, I went alone.
For a long time, I’ve never had the guts to go to a movie theatre alone. I thought of it as a social activity (when in reality, it’s not really…) and I just felt like people would judge me. I mean, I’m not going to lie, a few times I’ve seen solo movie goers, I sort of felt pity for them.
I know about only one person that goes to movies alone when he can’t find anyone to go with. My brother goes to movies alone and when I first found out he did that, I felt this… jealousy towards him. My own brother is brave enough to go the movies alone and I’m sitting at home, fearing people would judge me.
I started Googling online and stumbled on Reddit and discovered that a lot of people go to the movies alone (even ones in relationships!) and said it’s just like any other movie experience. They listed pros and a few tips of going alone but I slowly started to realize that going to the movies alone isn’t a bad or weird thing.
Last night, I worked up the courage and decided to watch Catching Fire alone. Given my current mental state, I wasn’t in the mood to see any of my friends AND most of them has already seen it when it was released.
Today, I picked out the earliest show time (12:25PM) and to my surprise, there were more solo movie watchers than there were of pairs. I didn’t feel alone. I thought that, well… it is 12PM, most of these people want to avoid the evening show times (Tuesdays are PACKED since tickets are 50% off). For me, I chose the 12PM showtime because I know not many people are going to be there AND I wasn’t going to see anyone I know. I feel sort of like… a little wimp because my brother has the guts to go to an open night movie release and I chose the earliest time to avoid the crowd.
However, I thought, at least I got the guts to watched it alone. I didn’t feel awkward or embarrassed as I thought I would be. I enjoyed the movie, even laughed at a few scenes. The best part is probably having two empty seats beside me to put my bag and jacket on.
Would I ever watch a movie during rush hours? Possibly. I only went this early because I can. On any other Tuesdays, I’ll be at work or school during lunch time.
But, I would go to the movies alone if I wanted to catch something. This first time experience was great for me in many ways – I got some more alone time, I felt like I was treating myself, and I finally got to see Catching Fire! There are many more movies I’m itching to catch soon and the best part is that I finally worked up the courage to see them alone.