But there is one thing I cannot bring myself to do as a single woman: go out to eat solo.
I love going out with friends for dinner and drinks and I often get carry-out orders on the weekend, but for some reason cannot go out to eat by myself. Even if I take a book or magazine, I would rather eat at home or get a carry-out order rather than eat on my own in public.
I think I feel this way because one summer while working at Chili's in Minnesota, the waiters were always particularly mean to women who would come in and eat alone, looking quite content. The waiters would point and laugh and when I would defend them (as many single women do for one another), the waiters would say that it's "pathetic" and just exhibits that the woman is alone and always will be. These guys at the time were in their early 20s so they had no idea what they were talking about, but the thought of waiters pointing and laughing at me behind my back definitely freaked me out.
The few times I've gone out to eat alone, I end up eating my meal twice as fast because there's no one to engage with and really, a magazine isn't going to slow me down. The faster I eat, the earlier the meal is over with and I can go home. It's bad, which is probably why I'm calling around on weekends to see if anyone else wants to go to dinner or I grab an order to take home for myself.
I'm still a strong and independent woman who can take care of herself and be on her own, but that is that one thing I hate to do alone.
Does anyone else have things they don't like to do on their own? Even if you're single or not?