Yesterday I posted up a video in which I rambled about alone time and why I think it’s important. Today I wanted to expand on that.
In my 21 years of living I’ve been around all different kinds of people and have realized that the best way to really get to know who you are as a person is to cut those folks off sometimes. I don’t mean dump good/reliable friends, just make sure you have some time to yourself. Reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly and learn about your strengths as well as areas where you could improve.
Use your time alone to get comfortable being alone, because it shouldn’t be scary to go out and eat by yourself, or see a movie solo, it should be kind of exciting. Think about it: you don’t have to wait for anyone else, you don’t have to think about entertaining the person sitting next to you, and you don’t need to be anyone but yourself. When you’re alone there’s no roles to play, like sister, father, friend, there’s just you and however you feel at the moment. If your still not convinced being alone can be fun, here’s a list of activities that I think you should try:
- Shopping alone: Try on whatever you want, and some things you never thought you could pull off. Your only critic is you and the mirror.
- Going to a Museum: Look only at the exhibits you want to see and admire them at your own pace. ’nuff said.
- Read: If you say you don’t like to read, it’s probably because you haven’t found the right book, so use this time to find it. At the very least go to the library or a bookstore by yourself so you can search around: If you’ve thought of it someone’s probably written about it.
- Work on a Hobby: This could be anything, drawing, dancing, boxing, whatever. Use alone time to practice and forget how you look doing it. Focus purely on the work!
Whatever you choose to do being alone makes it much easier to immerse yourself in the activity. So enjoy, and here’s a link to my short video, in case you’re a visual person like myself: