Party of One

Party of One

Do you feel odd or EVEN better alone?

By Maggie Gusman

Every now and then, you find yourself alone – at a bus stop, in a waiting room, or at home on a Friday night. For some people, this is just a chance to catch up with themselves, to recharge and reorganize. For others, this is a very vulnerable time when they miss the comfort they find in being around others.

In fact, most of our society’s images of someone alone are of seemingly odd people who don't fit in socially or who have closed themselves off from the rest of the world. Aloneness, though CAN be very different, AND very good.

Being alone can be like taking yourself out on a date! Do you think that you could treat yourself the way you want to be treated and have a fun time doing it? Why not take the opportunity (when you are alone) to do the things YOU love or have always really wanted to try that your friends would never agree to do.

Being alone is also a good time to remember what you LIKE about yourself. Being alone gives you the quiet reflective time you need to figure out what you don't like quite so much about yourself too. AND time alone can help you to choose the ways you think you’d like to change and grow.

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