Why It’s Better to be Alone

There is this preconceived notion that being alone means being lonely. This is not true. Nor does being lonely mean you are alone. Have you ever stood in a crowded room and felt so alone? Have you ever sat on your bed alone and felt completely content? Society tells us that it’s not okay to be alone because you should be expected to connect, communicate and be surrounded by people. Society favours the extroverts and the sociable. The ones that prefer to be alone are called loners, introverted and shy. While being among others may give off the appearance of not being lonely, you could in fact feel your loneliest. So let’s change the way we look at being alone. Let’s stop calling people that like to be alone, loners and antisocial. Let’s instead embrace it because it’s simply better to be alone.

Going to the Movies

Why it's better to be alone

You get to watch whatever you want, get whatever snacks you want and laugh (or cry) as much as you want without worrying about the reaction of another person.

Travelling alone

Why it's better to be alone

You can go anywhere you want. You can wake up at 5 in the morning to catch the sunrise. You can explore little side streets that are often neglected. You don’t have to worry about keeping another person entertained.

Shopping

Why it's better to be alone

You can try that risqué dress without being judged. You can shop at your own pace. You don’t have to worry about taking too long in the changeroom because you’re taking selfies.

Eating Out

Why it's better to be alone

You can order whatever you want. You don’t have to worry about choosing a restaurant that everyone will like (or be able to eat at). What are allergies and dietary restrictions? Yes, I will have that triple chocolate fudge cheesecake with 3 scoops of ice cream. 

Going for a Walk

Why it's better to be alone

Sit or walk around the park or trail at your leisure. Take in the crisp air. Take in the view. People watch.

Sleeping

Why it's better to be alone

One word. Starfish. Sleeping alone means you get to sprawl out as much as you want. You don’t need to worry about accidentally punching your SO in the face. You can sleep naked, comfortably.

Tell us:

What are some of your favorite things to do alone?

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I thought your opening paragraph was exactly right. That’s exactly how it is. Society really does favour the extroverts and the sociable. I also think that explains why society is in the mess that is in…

    My experience though, is that going to movies, eating out and holidaying is impossible if I am on my own. Perhaps it’s me, but I can’t do any of those things alone.

    • We’re so glad you agree! Hopefully one day the words introvert and loner won’t be so influential in our lives and we can feel free to just be ourselves with no judgement.

  2. i completely agree with you, the society does prefer the extroverts, people who are outgoing, who can talk to everyone and anyone, who are always surrounded by people and are never alone.. as much as i like having people around me sometimes i wanna be alone because only then i can feel some peace where i can think, do anything i want.. but then again doing some of the things u mentioned above even if i wanna do them on my own ill be judged and people would think i’m a loner. And sometimes i like the company of other people while doing these things because you can share ur joy with them. i wish we can all do what we want without being judged but we do live in society thats based on interaction with people.

    • It is always nice to get some alone time to reflect or catch up on things you are behind on. Sometimes we even just like some time to watch a tv show or movie at home. As a society, we are judged on a lot of things which makes it a personal struggle and is often where our being uncomfortable stems from. Hopefully, we can all overcome this and learn to accept everyone, whether they like eating alone or not!

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