Up and Out

                                                                    

 

I can remember several conversations with friends about what to do on the weekend.  After a hard week at work often the last thing you want to even think about is getting dressed and going out to do anything.  The most appealing thing appears to be the couch and some comfy pajamas and maybe a chick flick.  But then I would often ask how do we expect to meet anyone?  How long can the nomadic behavior last and why do we continue to complain about it when we are the solutions to the problem?  There are several things a girl can do in order to get out of the rut and out of the house.  


There are a million things for us to do (some of these things we will go over in great detail later).  We can always make time for friends and family, but there are things that we can do to enhance and expose ourselves to the world around us. The first thing you can do is embrace culture.  If you live in a major metropolitan city (like I do) there are hundreds of museums and galleries to be explored. Do you research since many of the museums and galleries offer free days or discounts for local residents.  


Take advantage of the special events going on around the city. Here in Chicago there is Restaurant week and Theater week, where you can explore great cuisine and major shows at a steep discount. Many places also offer specials for ladies and girls night out. Consider a trip to your local library to re-engage in the world of knowledge and maybe to meet new friends or meet up with old friends.  


I love the zoo and carnivals.  There is nothing wrong with stopping by the carnival while you are out running errands.  During the winter here in Chicago the local zoos (there are two) offer the opportunity to see the animals as well as a spectacular light show. Though it may be an event geared towards youth and families, there is nothing wrong with singles participating in the festivities as well.  


The truth of the matter is that you can sit home doing nothing and allow life to pass you by, or you can decide that you want to take advantage of all that the world and life has to offer.  This does not mean that you will be out and about every weekend, but it does mean that there can be more fun, more excitement, more adventure added to your life just by taking advantage of what is already at your disposal.  


Singleness is not an incurable condition.  It is not a reason or an excuse to stay in the house and hibernate.  We can only be as active and alive as we choose to be.  It is up to us to take life by the wheel and drive it until the wheels fall off.  So ladies let us not bind ourselves to our homes and comfy pajamas.  Let us get out of the house and Turn Up!.