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
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.
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.
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.
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
Sit or walk around the park or trail at your leisure. Take in the crisp air. Take in the view. People watch.
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.
What are some of your favorite things to do alone?
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