I Went to the Movies Alone
December 1 2022
This year for Thanksgiving, I invited my immediate family to join me in Florida. This was the second year we did this, and this year was better than last year. It brought so much joy to my heart to see everyone enjoying themselves and prevented me from feeling the sorrow of my wife not being with us. My heart still hurts from her absence.
On Friday after Thanksgiving, they planned to spend their entire day at Disney World. I was invited but decided to avoid long lines as I had done when they were younger.
I went for a walk after taking several pictures of them and when I returned, I wondered how I would spend the rest of my day. I decided to go to the movies, Cierra had already found a theater nearby and sent me the link.
This would be my first time going to the movies in over three years because my wife and I were not big movie goers and because we did everything together, we hardly ever went.
I did not know how I would feel about going to the movies without my best friend as I’ve adjusted to eating at restaurants and going to social events alone. When we did go, we often shared a large soda and popcorn. I ordered a bottomless popcorn and Icee. I had not had an Icee in over fifteen years. Some food items we never grow away from when we become adults, I still love Icees and Reese’s Peanut butter cups. Halfway through the movie I got up and refilled my popcorn and Icee. After the movie was over, I found it most enjoyable and thought, now I know I can go to the movies alone.
People do things alone all the time, so it may not seem like a big deal to the average person. However, if you have lost someone you love, you did everything with, it is quite an accomplishment. I was proud of myself.
Paul said he fought a good fight. He finished his course. I can relate to his statements. There are certain things you must fight through in life. If you fight through them, you will finish your course. If not, you’ll never get to the finish line. Your life will be incomplete. I realize each day I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He strengthens us, but how will we ever know unless we step out to see. We must put ourselves in position to experience God’s power. That takes courage in and of itself.
I am adding a few movies I want to see to my calendar. This will open the door for me to do other things I’ve been postponing. I understand once I take the first step, others will be easier.
Thank God He continues to strengthen us as we journey through our lives. He is absolutely amazing!!