Ahhh… The simple life.
Not many people think of being alone as a good thing; however, there are many things that can be learned while being with just you and yourself. For me, I always enjoyed being surrounded by people. I often felt anxious when alone and craved interactions quite often.
Over the past few months I decided to take some time to get to know me, which sounds weird but was something I’ve noticed I lacked, self-awareness and understanding. I ended up finding enjoyment in going shopping by myself, where I noticed I had a bit of a different style and appreciation for certain clothing since I wasn’t being pressured by other people to buy certain items. I went for walks around local parks and was able to notice the beauty around me and how pleased and relax I felt from these kinds of experiences (it was literally a breath of fresh air).
I still get a bit of anxiety when go certain places by myself, especially if it’s somewhere I’ve never been before, but am feeling so much more confident in myself.
From allowing myself some alone time every week, my mindset has changed. I feel happier with myself, I learned new interests, and found places that keep me relaxed and clear my head. Who knew we may not actually know ourselves while being constantly surrounded by friendly faces? It was a very odd, yet amazing, experience and I definitely found this to be a rewarding one that everyone should try.