Artist Date #1: Dark Side of the Rainbow

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Every Wednesday I take myself on an artist date. I post a recap of my date on the following Wednesday, in hopes that by reading them you'll be inspired to give them a go yourself.

For my first artist date, I decided to watch Dark Side of the Rainbow, which, if you've never heard of it, is when you watch The Wizard of Oz on mute while listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. It's a wildly popular thing to do among stoned college kids, but despite how stoned I was in college, I've never done it. But The Wizard of Oz kept coming up randomly last week, and since I'm always keen on following coincidences, I decided it'd be a fitting first date.

After I settled on this idea, I was initially hard on myself. I mean, I already watch enough TV-- does watching a movie for my date really "count"? But then I remembered my own advice-- if it sounds fun, I should try it and not censor myself. However, to make this less mundane, I told my boyfriend I needed absolute private time, made myself a Last Sunday in August (a cocktail of my own invention), and turned off my phone. 

So first off-- the hype is legit. How perfectly The Wizard of Oz and Dark Side of the Moon sync up is both creepy and brilliant. The two are a cult couple for a reason. Even if you're absolutely sober, it's still a really fun thing to watch. Like the longest, most bizarre music video ever... even if I wasn't "Blazing" like the video suggested at the beginning. 

And, shocker-- I discovered that the act of setting aside time for myself is powerful. All during the day Wednesday, I was seriously dreading the date, for no good reason. But I pushed through and did it anyway, and it was well worth it. During the date, I was loving being on my own with no agenda but to enjoy myself. Since then, I've been thinking constantly of what artist date I'm going to do next. I felt genuinely centered and rejuvenated afterwards, too. I'm also happy with how well my Wednesday time slot worked out, because it's a bit of a mini-vacation in the middle of the workweek.  It wasn't a miracle cure, by any means, but taking out that personal time was grounding for me.

Even though this artist date was a successful endeavor, there are a few things I could stand to improve for next time. I think for my next few dates, I'm going to make an effort and get out of the house. Leaving the house is already nerve-wracking for me, but if it's something I really resist, it's usually something I need to try. Also, my boyfriend and I share an apartment, and even though he respected my privacy, it's still a tiny space, and he still had to move around in the living room a few times. Getting up and going would make the date feel more isolated and perhaps more special. 

So those are my thoughts for my inaugural artist date. Overall, it was a great success! Have you tried one yet? If so, what did you think? I'd love to hear! I'm off to my second date tonight and I'll let you know how it goes next week.