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You can learn to enjoy your own company and embrace your solitude, while still maintaining all your fulfilling relationships and group activities.
Many people think being alone is sad. Or grumpy. But being alone is not the same as being lonely, or being antisocial, or being unwanted.
For some of us, being alone can bring sheer joy—especially if we have a lot of demands on our time in the form of relationships or events.
On the other hand, this might be one of those permissions that some folks simply do not need.
Some people are intentionally alone much of the time. Some people are beautiful introverts, quieter, more observant.
Whether or not you spend a lot of time around other people, please know that you are fully allowed to devote time to self-reflection and renewal—as much as you need.
Solitude can be a blissful, monk-like experience, as you spend time on your own in nature, with creativity, filled with peace.
Because when we spend a lot of time around a lot of people, we might end up giving a lot energy to interacting with, learning from or trying to help them.
The less time we spend alone, the more time we might spend exhausting ourselves trying to please others.
The more time we spend alone, the less time we need to spend wondering if we’re making a good impression.
These are positive effects. You can be yourself. You can ask for help (you’re never REALLY alone on this planet…).
And you still have permission to not only accept your solitude, but to embrace it, and enjoy your own company.
Connecting with others is remarkably rewarding for many, and usually necessary for most.
Being alone is, too.
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