Being alone on Saturday night is not necessarily a bad thing, you know. Many of us like the peace and quiet and nothingness an occasional night home alone affords us. But there are times, for some of us, when it happens just a little too often.
Maybe you’re new to a town or you’re searching for a church home or you just married off the last of your good friends, and while you’re in a “rebuilding phase,” you find yourself home and once again alone on a Saturday night.
Before you go wandering down to the Redbox (yet again) maybe you should consider making your evening slightly more…productive.
We’re not saying you have to go and set the world on fire (literally or metaphorically), but if you’ve been vegging out in your pajamas every single Saturday night for the last 6 weeks, let us be that friend for you—the one who tells you it’s time to put away the Apple TV remote and rejoin the land of the living. Or, at the very least, do something besides watch the entire first season of The Walking Dead on Netflix…again.
Here are 8 things you can do if you find yourself alone on a Saturday night:
1. Sign up for a Dating Site
Yes, we totally went there, but seriously…you’re not exactly out meeting new people right now, are you? Hey, we’re just here to help.
2. Start a blog
For real. You know you’ve been thinking about creating some sort of online space where you can share your thoughts. Those 140 characters on Twitter are just a tease, and Facebook notes don’t allow you to share those thoughts with new friends. Hop on over to WordPress or Blogspot and get you a free little corner of the web. Or, go even simpler and get a Tumblr account. Microblogging is blowing up these days. You’ll be so cutting edge on your Saturday night.
3. Game Night with Someone (Way) Older than You
The little old lady who always gives you a big hug on Sunday mornings, that older couple who tell you to come visit them some time, your pastor and his wife—now is the time. See if they’re up for a game of cards or dominoes. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn from them, not to mention how much fun you’ll have (because, chances are, they’re gonna school your butt).
4. Get Your Finances in Order
You know you’ve been meaning to do it. Carpe diem, friend! Need a good tool to help you? Check out our You Need a Budget (YNAB) Review. We’ve heard from lots of SingleRoots readers who’ve started using it and love it.
5. Go to Church
This one only applies to people who live in a large metro area, but many megachurches have Saturday night services now. You can still go to your church on Sunday morning, if you want, but spend some of your free time on this night worshiping with other believers. It can be good for your spirit, but also for your appreciation of the Body of Christ. Plus, you might just make some new friends.
6. Go Geocaching
Where’s your sense of adventure? Geocaching is basically going on a treasure hunt. Go to geocaching.com and check out how many treasures are hidden in your area. Download the app and go find one. And then, once you find one, go find another. It’s a great way to learn more about where you live and to have fun doing it. But maybe leave your pirate eyepatch at home?
7. Learn Something New on YouTube
Want to learn how to hand letter or knit a scarf? It’s all the rage these days. What about how to Whip and Nae Nae or do the Stanky Leg? Being home alone on a Saturday night is a good time to expand your creative repertoire. Don’t see the appeal of coffee, tea, wine, beer, soy milk, olives, sushi? Create your own taste test at home. Spend some time on YouTube learning about whatever it is you’re sampling so you’ll know exactly what to buy at the grocery store. Who knows, you might just find out that you like it after all. (But, um, pace yourself if it’s the wine or beer!)
8. Find Out When You’ll Get Married
If you’re new to SingleRoots, you can download a copy of our free eBook, “When Will I Get Married? and 7 Other Questions that Plague Singles,” and read it to see if we’re fortune tellers. (Hint: We’re not.)