At the beginning of June, I headed down the beach for a solo vacation. My local football team was having a fan event, and I hadn’t been to the beach in forever. It seemed like the perfect opportunity! Now, I did try and find someone to tag along, but money is tight these days. I even went back and forth on just not going but then figured, fuck it. What’s the worse that could happen? There were events planned, I kinda knew other people who would be down there. It wouldn’t be 100% weird or awkward, maybe just 40%. Guys. It was the best thing ever. I was able to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. There was no checking with other people about where to eat, or when to go out. If I wanted to lay by the pool for three hours, that’s what I did. If I wanted to sleep late, or get up early, I could. Without bothering anyone else! Now I hear you asking “But wasn’t it weird going to events and bars alone?!” I really thought it would be. I’m not someone who normally goes to a bar alone. I’m a pretty small woman, so it’s partially a safety thing and also, going out is normally more fun with friends! But it was actually really nice! I don’t think of myself as a very, I don’t know how to say this really, “happy go lucky” person. I’m not one to just approach someone at a bar and start talking. I have friends who are like that and it’s amazing to watch. My friend Vicki can talk to ANYONE. She just has that bubbly personality but that’s just not me. But guess what? I DID talk to people. Granted, 99% of the time they started the conversations but it was really nice. I didn’t have any issues, except one time with some weirdo but he left pretty quickly, and even ended up getting a ton of free drinks! Who knew that if you talk to people, they’ll buy you booze!? I think what helped is everyone was either my age, or older. I wasn’t dealing with college kids. No offense to college kids, they can just be a bit much sometimes. Plus everyone was attending these events because they were fans of the Ravens too. That meant we already had at least one thing in common. Now, am I now friends with these people? No, I honestly don’t even remember their names. But they helped me have a great time and I’d like to think I helped them have a fun time too. I mean, one dude said I was because I took about 3-4 shots because vacation you guys. PRO TIP: Going solo and don’t have anyone to hold your hair during that late night prayer session to the Toilet Throne? Just have a short hair style! I was even able to do THAT without any help.
So, if you’ve been thinking about taking that trip but can’t find a friend to go, just do it. Maybe start with some small vacations, something local or a few hours away, but guys, it was just great. It was nice to just recharge and relax. It’s the ultimate Treat Yo Self. Now enjoy a few photos from the trip!
In case you’re wondering, I probably put almost $20 into that Jurassic Park arcade game. I’m sure you’re all really surprised to hear that!