(My apologies for the delay in posting, my sinuses have been trying to kill me)
Earlier this week I headed out on a solo adventure to The Broad Museum in DTLA, and thought why not document the trip for the blog? So here it is, this week’s Self-Care Tip #2: Museums.
Awhile ago, I used to have such a complex about getting out and doing stuff on my own. I felt weird about the idea of hanging out alone, and I always felt like I needed somebody to go with me places, so I wouldn’t seem weird. After awhile I realized you couldn’t do everything with everybody, and I figured why not do more things by myself? Who am I to deprive myself of things because somebody wasn’t there? I spend enough hours in the day being surrounded by a bunch of people why not do something for myself? It started off as a solo date to happy hour at my favorite restaurant then it turned into solo trips to the record store, the park, the beach and even shopping. I started to realize how much I enjoyed my own company, and through those outings learned so much about myself.
Jean-Michael Basquiat "Horn Players" 1983, a dedication to Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker
Of the many things I enjoy doing that don’t involve giving people my time, going to the museum is one of them. On social media, we’re constantly bombarded with the idea of the perfect date and I, myself, have fallen victim to fantasizing about when somebody was going to finally take me to the museum, lol. I just knew if I waited long enough like Tumblr told me to, some guy would come along, read my mind, and take me to the museum. Well long story short, in the process of waiting I got tired and very antisocial, so I just took myself on the date I always wanted, lol. I put on what I thought was my most museum outfit (giving all the curator vibes), which included a tweed blazer, round frames and velvet flats, and on a random Tuesday caught an Über and went to the Broad.
Though being a student did grow tiresome for me, I never exhausted my hunger to learn especially when being presented with an opportunity to learn things about myself. And while the museum may be boring to the some, it’s one of the best places to learn and see random things. Like, why is there a gigantic table and chairs and balloon dog on display? Who thinks of stuff like that? Why are these items so large, can I touch them? Why is there a porcelain caricature of Michael Jackson and Bubbles? Somebody please point me to nearest description so I have an explanation for these random things on display. Nonetheless, I had a grand time, thoroughly enjoyed myself, and even saw an authentic Basquiat with my own eyes, it was amazing. I’d recommend solo adventures to any and everyone.
Basquiat 'Self Portrait'
Me, and those "Curator Vibes" I was telling you about...
I’m working on doing all the things I’ve always wanted (not to be all “Independent Woman”, despite being just that), just to get a better sense of who I am and what I like. I like to know everything I can about myself that way if anyone tries me, I can laugh at them and go on about my business, lol. Your time is the most precious thing you have to offer, so why not give it to yourself and do some things you like? You’re definitely worth it. The road to self-discovery is a long and winding one, but so worth the travel. Try it, you’ll be surprised at what you find…
As usual, I hope this inspired you, until next time :)