Friday nights are great times to relax and unwind after school or work, but they can get boring if you spend them alone. Luckily, there are plenty of options to liven up your night. No matter what your interests are, you’ll be able to relax and have fun with a creative project, a bit of exercise or a good movie.
1. Have a drink at a bar
No, going out on your own isn’t desperate. Anyone who thinks it is doesn’t realize the pleasure that comes with enjoying your own company! Sure, you could drink at home, but sometimes you just want to be around other people. You can just chat with the bartender, or combine this with the previous tip and take a book along with you. Expect various people to strike up a conversation.
2. Sketch something
3. Read your high school journal
You know, the entries where you thought your 20’s were gonna be “soawesome” and you’d be taking shots and meeting hot guys/girls everynight while simultaneously climbing the ranks in a Devil Wears Prada type high-powered but entry level job.
4. Write in a journal
Journalism is an amazing way to gain insight into your feelings and to record moments from your daily life. Date your entry and write about how you’re feeling, what you’re seeing and what you’re thinking about. Journaling is most effective if it becomes a habit, so try to write in your journal more often than just Saturday nights.
Clean your entire house and wash your sheets. Make meals for the week ahead. Figure this is a Sunday kind of activity but you are anoverachiever. Lay awake in bed and wonder if this is why you’re alone.
6. Plan a fun activity with friends
Become depressed and angry when your friends flake out one by one.Consider following through with said plans alone. Get drunk and cryabout how you will probably die alone.
7. Write a short story
Writing a short story often seems daunting, and you may be worried that you don’t have enough creativity. However, if you just start typing, you may be surprised at the ideas that come out. If you already have an idea, map it out by creating an outline or a plot arc. Then get to work writing your story
8. Plan to watch a movie and drink a glass of wine and have a relaxing night in
9. Smoke some weed alone on your balcony
Get higher and higher as you really start to figure out life, youknow? Realize you’ve been looking forward to this moment for an entireweek. Roll up another one to deal with the crushing reality of thisrealization.
10. Light some candles and decide you’re “totally going to figure out your life tonight”
Begin by making a list of your goals. Take a break to paint yournails. Take another break to see what is in the fridge and eat a sliceof cheese, saying that’s all you’ll have for the rest of the night.Return to your list. Feel overwhelmed. End up taking pulls of chocolatesyrup directly out of the squeezie bottle that you found buried in thecondiment shelf in your fridge. Note that the expiration date was 4months ago. Keep squeezing.
11. Play the Sims
Cry onto your keyboard because your Sim has more friends than you.
Make a date with a tub of hummus, your bed, and trashy romantic comedies (if you are a girl) or (if you are a dude). Google your ex’s name. Aggressively masturbate to a photo you find of them with their new significant other. Considerpurchasing a cat.
13. Walk in a city
Walking in an urban area can be just as interesting as walking in nature, and you’re sure to see a lot of interesting shops and people along the way. If you live in or near a city, wander a bit downtown and explore the parks, boulevards and unique sights
14. Visit the Taj by moonlight, India
There’s no such thing as an unflattering angle of the Taj Mahal, the world’s most beautiful building, commissioned by Mughal EmperorShah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. But the love and sadnessembodied by the Taj are never more palpable than during the full moon,when the complex is opened at night. At this time, visitors are hushedinto silence by the building’s ethereal form, rising melancholicallyfrom the riverbank yet seemingly shimmering with life.
15. Go star-gazing
Stargazing can be aided by telescopes or binoculars, but you don’t need any special equipment to enjoy the stars. Simply find a quiet, dark place and look up. Try and identify constellations and planets, and break out the telescope if you have one. If you live in a densely populated area, you might have to take a drive to find an area with less light pollution.
16. Dive into a good book
I’m an avid reader, but I still feel like it’s hard to make time for really immersing myself in an enthralling piece of literature. A solo Friday night is the perfect time to get through a good chunk of a book you’ve been meaning to read, if not finish it entirely.