Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Whether it's a movie, play, cooking class, or concert, there's no need to have a plus-one to have a good time — life is too short! "Think of solo social situations as opportunities to showcase who you really are," says Taylor. "This is a time when your best attributes can shine without someone else overshadowing you or dimming your glow."
1. If you are apprehensive, start small with a movie or sitting at a coffee shop. Once you truly appreciate activities by yourself, it will be even easier and more enjoyable to share them with someone else — if that's even what you want! Remember that you are more approachable when alone versus part of a group.
2. There's no better way to meet others who share similar values and interests (and without the pressure of making conversation) than by volunteering. And, who knows who you'll meet along the way?
3. If you haven’t looked into the social networking site Meetup
yet, you need to. Absolutely anything you are interested in is available to do. Even better, there are thousands of other single people like you looking to try new things and meet new people.
4. Join a league, such as bowling, volleyball, or any other sport/activity you enjoy. Leagues are another great way to get out and be active. It is easy to sign up as a single person and you will get to expand your social circles. It's time to start practicing that set attack for summer!