I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to lunch alone. I actually went to a restaurant (“quick service” style) and sat at a table alone and enjoyed a meal ALONE. Yes I have eaten alone but usually I would eat in my van or it would be something I could keep doing errands at the same time.
I have seen people do this many times and for some reason the thought of dining alone in a place other than a bookstore or with a baby in a stroller, I have always felt extremely uncomfortable about it. I imagined being stared at or something dumb. I feared I wouldn’t know what to do while waiting for my food to come. Yes I KNOW how dumb it is. People do this all the time. But I wasn’t one of those people.
It was so refreshing and I felt whole new confidence in myself. I had a little guilt because my doctor appointment was finished VERY early and I had plenty of time to pick up my younger children before having to get my oldest in time for her appointment. But I knew I needed ME time and it was now or never.
And guess what? No one stared at me! Imagine that!!!!
I think I will be trying this more often. Each time I will have to keep pushing myself to dine in restaurants where it won’t be so quick to get my food and maybe instead of lunch I will really get crazy and go out to dinner ALONE! OK I am not quite ready for that but I will be soon enough.