“You have so much inside you, and the noblest happiness all. Don’t just wait for a man to come along,” Albert Camus expressed. “That’s the mistake so many women make. Find your happiness in yourself.”
In “Eat Pray Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert goes on a journey of self-exploration following her divorce from her husband. Gilbert travels across the globe as she forces herself out of her comfort zone. When you challenge yourself, you learn about yourself and grow.
Guess what, my friends. I’m going on a journey — a journey that doesn’t require me to leave the state and has limitless possibilities of exploration. I’m going on a theatrical journey from the seat of my favorite movie theater.
Christie, my best friend and author of Costa Christina, has left the country, and it’s tradition that we explore movies together. Years ago in high school we would grab coffee, do a little shopping, have dinner and go to a movie. As we progressed through college, coffee and movies remained, but shopping waned and it became a place to escape to. When life got busy, the movies brought us back together.
The world stops for an hour and a half.
As a result of her departure, I challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and go to movies by myself. I also challenge all of you reading this to go to a movie by yourself. And who knows, you might even enjoy it.
After all, you get lost in the things you love. Through the journey, you learn about yourself.
On Wednesday, I saw the Galifinakis-Ferrell comedy, The Campaign. There’s nothing like a mid-week escape filled with laughter. And trust me, there was a lot of laughing on my part, which was absolutely what I needed. For the duration of the film, the world could not reach me. It was the perfect break. Days later, my family learned of me going to the movie by myself and found it comical. They can laugh all they want. It takes courage to do things on your own despite what others think of you.
But, it doesn’t matter what other people think. As long as you’re content with yourself, let the world judge away. They’ll judge you for the fact that they are too afraid to do what you yourself are not afraid to do.
Judge away, world. Judge away.
If you take anything away from this post, please remember, “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” These words of wisdom are courtesy of John Mayer.