The Art of Eating Alone

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I won’t lie to you. Once upon a time, I too hated the thought of eating by myself. I hated going to the bar or going to restaurants. I mean, I do enjoy company and being able to immerse myself and loose myself in a conversation.

But, I soon found, that the more I went out to eat solo, the more I learned about myself. I am sorrounded by people all day long. Sometimes I need that break. I think we all do. Sometimes I just want to be left alone with my wine, to people watch, to enjoy the taste of my food, to meet new people and make new friends. I have so many stories, an arsenal of stories about times when I went out to eat by myself or to the bar by myself and the people that I met along the way.

So, what should you do when you find yourself eating alone?

  1. Strike up a conversation with the bar tender or your waitress. They are rather surprisingly interesting people.
  2. Bring along your phone. Sometimes I will bring my phone, an go on social media, read a book, text friends, take photographs. Yes, I am one of those people who takes photographs of food. However, the one thing I do not like about having that phone with me is that it causes me to not have true social interactions anymore. When I have that cell phone out, I feel as if I am hiding behind the phone.
  3. Bring a book. I love having a juicy piece of literature that I can sink my teeth into.
  4. Write. I am certainly a writer. Writing has always been somewhat of an escape for me. I travel and I always come back with so many stories to share and to tell. Honestly, anybody can write, but it takes a special kind of person to become a story teller. And different people have different takes on stories.
  5. People watch. People truly are very interesting and one of a kind.

So you see, just because you are alone does not mean that you have to be lonely. There is a lot that you can do.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I always love seeing people in restaurants eating alone, I’m definitely not confident enough to do that!
    P.s I am also one of those people who takes photos of their food and self admittedly I tell everyone to wait so I can take a photo haha!

    1. LOL. I hear that. Right there with you. Confidence on eating alone in a restaurant takes time. It took me a long time. It was so awkward at first. I had to get used to my own company and the silence. I soon realized that it was not so bad. I actually liked myself and being around myself and reading a book or drinking a glass of wine or people watching. I am around people all the time nowadays that I love when I can just get away and take myself out and pamper myself. You should try it at least once.

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