I’ve always been a bit of a loner. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, but I also like being by myself.
There’s no one I have ask for a menu selection – I can eat when I want, what I want, how I want… straight out of the ice cream carton with a serving spoon. If I want sushi, or a cheesy mess of a hamburger, or simply a cuppa tea, I get to choose.
I don’t have to slow down when I’m out on a hike. I can take whatever trail I want, go left instead of right, up rather than down. I get to choose when to turn around, or whether to hike another half hour.
If I want to watch the entire sixth season of whatever reality show, I can. Black and white film noir? Sure. Read trashy books or YA novels, only I will know.
There is a big difference between being lonely and being in solitude. In solitude I can think, I can feel, I can just be, and it’s something I yearn to do, that I need to do. Lonely is when all those things bring only sadness, and despair.
Being alone, doesn’t have to mean being lonely.
“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” ~ Wayne Dyer
I am grateful for…
- Feeling comfortable being by myself
- Enjoying my own company
- Having the freedom to be alone
- Knowing I don’t have to be alone