Dear eNotAlone: I'm a 23 year old recent university graduate and I've been living in the city for almost two years. In all this time, I've barely gone out or made any friends outside of work. I don't know how to break out of this lonely routine, but I feel like venturing out of my comfort zone might be an essential step and will even benefit me greatly. What I'm asking is if going out at night is worth it and what kind of activities do people usually do?
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Going out at night is definitely worth it, especially if it's been a while since you've socialized much in your life! There are a lot of benefits to getting out of your comfort zone and heading out into the night, so it's well worth exploring all the different options available to you.
Of course, there are certain dangers that come with the nightlife too. When going out, it's important to have a plan and stick to it. Always meet with friends in public places, and make sure someone always knows your whereabouts. This way, you can ensure that you're always safe and sound.
Aside from the potential danger, there's plenty of fun to be had when going out at night. Depending on your interests, there are lots of activities that you can attend – from classic bar-hopping to concerts, art exhibitions, karaoke nights, movie screenings and parties. All of these are great to experience with a group of friends, and provide the opportunity to get out and socialize.
One of the best things about the nightlife is that everyone who's there has the same goal – to have fun. Reaching out to others and going on new adventures can encourage people to come out of their shells. Moreover, going out at night can also be an exercise in confidence – as we test our resilience and determination to try something new.
If you do decide to venture out, make sure to practice self-care throughout the process. Set boundaries for yourself when it comes to drinking and drug use, and trust your instincts when feeling uncomfortable. Don't feel pressured to go past your comfort level, and don't forget to take time out of the night to relax, enjoy the music and clear your head.
Going out at night is an exciting opportunity to break out of your routine, meet new people and discover something new. As with any activity, it's important to keep safety in mind and be alert. But one night out can be a refreshing and enjoyable experience. So if you're ready to step out and explore, don't hesitate to start planning your night out.