On Being Alone
Over the weekend I wrote about Susan Cain’s Quiet and how much I enjoyed the book. Her discussion made me appreciate the part of myself that demands some (a lot of?) “alone time” in order to clear my head, rest my body, or whatever else I seem to need. It also made me recognize that many others have this same need. Some may consider it a selfish need, but I think that when I’ve had some alone time, I can often be better to those around me when I’m no longer in a quiet situation.
I came across this lovely little video today on another blog. Though I don’t want to be alone all of the time—in fact I’m running away to Chicago this weekend simply to be around some of my nearest and dearest for a couple of days—I do think some of my favorite moments in life have occurred in private moments. For example: Swimming alone off the coast of Italy. Praying in silence at Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky. Eating breakfast at the Waffle House. Studying in the Bapst Library in Chestnut Hill. In a way, sometimes these “alone” moments open themselves up to community as well, since other “alone” people may be more likely to approach and talk to other loners in public places.
Anyway, give it a watch. Let me know what you think. It’s not an antisocial manifesto or anything, but I do think it’s nice to be reminded that “alone” is not always a bad place to be.