Going To A Party Alone | Risk 23 Series

going to a party alone

Going to a party alone is one of my biggest fears. Looking back at college, I often hesitated going to any kind of social event if it meant that I would have to arrive by myself. I mean I hated showing up to parties by myself. I hated it so much that often I wouldn’t go if I couldn’t find someone to go with me. So desperately I would beg friends to go with me to these parties, most of the time because I wanted something to do. Honestly, I’m not sure if I regret these decisions. However, I do wonder what would have happened if I went to that party alone. Ultimately, that’s the point of this “Risk 23” series.

How was your day/week?

My day was pretty interesting!

What did you do?

Well, this past weekend, I was invited to a Halloween party by one of my lovely friends. I knew this was going to be a small get-together, which is probably even more frightening for me. If I’m at a huge party, I think that I can just hide out in a corner by myself and go completely unnoticed. This was definitely not the case here.

Going to a party alone was actually an interesting experience. I arrived a little later than expected, dressed as Frida Kahlo. In fact, I was the last to arrive of the ones invited to the party. I actually recognized some familiar faces! There were some not so familiar faces too and I felt a bit over-dressed even though it was a Halloween party.

My friend was so kind to escort me to the punch, which was incredibly tasty. I remember saying that I didn’t taste the alcohol. However, this punch was deadly and I needed a little liquid courage to withstand the night.

After grabbing a couple slices of pizza, I sat down amongst the others. I definitely felt over-dressed for the occasion in that moment. One guy was so kind to offer his seat, but I politely declined because I was already sitting on the floor and I didn’t want to make a scene or draw more attention to myself.

After a bit of talking, we played a few games and took some pictures. It was a good experience for going to a party alone.

Did you learn anything new about yourself?

Going to a party alone frightens me more than I thought. In this situation, I definitely knew a couple of people there. However, I didn’t realize how self-conscious I am about these things. For example, I truly felt over-dressed at a Halloween party. It’s so interesting that I felt this way because everyone was dressed up. Additionally, I did little things like not taking the guy’s offer for his seat when I really didn’t want to be on the floor. I really hated that because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself, but I made myself uncomfortable anyways. I never realized before that I do these things as a result of my own fears.

How did you feel about this risk before?

Going to a party alone? Probably wouldn’t have done it before because those situations make me feel awkward. It especially makes me feel awkward when you show up to a party and you don’t know anyone. Luckily, that wasn’t the case here.

How do you feel about this risk now?

Going to a party alone wasn’t that bad. I definitely think that taking this risk is low on the pole of fears for me. I would say that it’s not entirely scary.

Why did you pick this risk?

This risk somewhat fell into my lap. Around the time that I was planning to do this series, I was invited to the party. My bestie couldn’t come with me, so I had to go alone. It was almost like the stars and moons aligned.

Would you take this risk again?

I think I would definitely go to a party by myself again. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. However, next time, I will probably try to wear something more neutral. Although, maybe I should wear something flashy just to add a whole new layer to this experiment.

Additional comments?

This is just one fear down, but I’m feeling optimistic. I think I’ve learned from this experience and taking this risk was pretty interesting. For anyone that has serious anxiety for social situations, I say take the plunge! At first, you may feel really weird and awkward, but you might end up meeting some cool people because of it.

Going to a party alone? Check!

Question of the day: How do you feel about going to a party alone?

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12 Comments
  1. I am in love with this idea! Tackling fears. I am doing the same unofficially, and love that you wrote this post. I have never gone to a party alone or the movies. It has always made me uncomfortable, but I think I am going to follow in your footsteps and begin to tackle my fears. Thank you for sharing this fellow WordPress and Tea Club Cup blogger. Looking forward to connecting more.

  2. Going to a party by yourself is something I have yet done! But I would love to do it because I think I would get over my fear of going to an social event by myself. I think I my try it one day!

  3. Going to a party alone is so brave, it’s like having dinner alone at a restaurant. You feel like everyone is staring at you for all the wrong reasons when really they just might wanna talk to you because of friendly interest. I’m so intrigued by this series. I never been to a party alone but I think I will try this one for myself 😀

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