Last night I had an amazing dinner with fresh oysters and salmon at a waterfront restaurant in Vancouver. By myself.


Would you go to a fancy restaurant alone?

Obviously, the answer for me is yes, but I recognize that this wouldn’t be in everyone’s comfort zone.


I can’t recall exactly when I started to feel ok being on my own in a public setting, but I remember going to movies solo at least as far back as college.

Now, I cherish opportunities to be alone.

Alone with no responsibilities.

Alone with no agenda.

Alone in my own head.

It’s quite peaceful.

If you can’t quite fathom this, the key to being on your own – and not self-consciously so – is to understand this truth: The person who cares the most about your drama is you.

Translated, this means that no one in the restaurant is looking at you. They’re eating dinner.

So go ahead and enjoy those oysters. You even have permission to get dessert!







2 thoughts on “Solo

  1. I agree that alone time can be just as good if not better than time spent with others (always good to have balance). My best meal alone was the dinner that I had in a little Italian restaurant in Rome on my 33rd birthday (my travel companion had to return earlier than I did). I can still recall that I dined on linguine with langoustines in a creamy tomato sauce while sipping Chianti and reading The Girl with the Pearl Earring at a corner table. It was a moment of bliss.

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