Sometimes you have to watch Fifty Shades Darker (FSD) in a dimly lit theater by yourself. Gasp! I mean, everyone loves a good love story, right? Yeah, no. The Fifty Shades trilogy is anything but a good love story. Cinematic porn, or erotica, on the other hand… yep, that sums it up nicely. But people like it (including me)! I’m not going to delve into why we wanna watch a terrible, BDSM riddled, love story. Everyone’s kinky, it’s fine. What I do want to figure out is why there is such a stigma on going to the movies alone. My best friend is over a thousand miles away at college, and I’m obviously not going to bring my mom to watch FSD. Jeez, judgmental movie theater employees, give me a break.
Why can’t I treat myself to a night at the movies with a coke and popcorn, which always taste better there, without being looked at like I’m insane? It really wouldn’t have been that bad if an older woman in the theater didn’t approached me. She kept glancing back over a period of ten minutes while the previews were rolling. And she eventually stood up and climbed the stairs toward me. “Are you alone?” she hissed, a little too loudly to be considered a whisper. “Um, yes. I am.” “Oh honey,” she sighed, “do you want to come sit with us?” “No. I’m really okay,” I said flatly, already irritated. I guess you could argue it was a nice thing to do, but why would I want to sit with a random couple during a movie I chose to view alone?
Fast-forward to the end of the movie; I actually made it through the entire thing alone. Shocker. I avoided getting eaten by the creature that lives under the theater seats, said no to drugs, and I didn’t even think about being alone! There’s really nothing to worry about. Anytime you want to do something, do it. Don’t deprive yourself of an experience simply because you don’t have anyone to share it with. I know it’s hard. We become so dependent on other people to make us happy that we forget how to do it ourselves. But once you try it, you’ll have a greater sense of freedom. I’ve gone hiking alone, to concerts alone, and now I’ve been to the movies alone. And let me tell you, I had a much better time than I would have if I was huddled in my bedroom streaming it illegally on my laptop. If you’re doing what you love, you’re going to enjoy it no matter what. Don’t let anything stop you. Go for it, and ignore the concerned old ladies.