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How to Be Alone

In many societies, being alone is looked down upon, and the person who is alone is sometimes pitied. It is thus understandable why there are people who are averse to being alone.

Then there are those who seek solitude amidst the crowds. Some crave it simply because that's how they are. Others run to it because of circumstances that make aloneness preferable to the alternatives.

Wherever you stand in that wide spectrum of aloneness-companionship, this video by film maker Andrea Dorfman and poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis might be what you need to help you embrace that complex yet simple thing called aloneness.

A commenter on the YouTube video wrote, 'We are all alone, but living with people make us forget that. We come to this world alone and so will we die. Never pursue people to fill the emptiness, but fill it from inside. You are never really alone if you find yourself!'

Lovely, although I prefer to think that it's more a matter of creating yourself than finding yourself. And with learning how to be alone, no matter what your circumstances are, you create a someone that is self-fulfilled. It's freedom at its best.


  1. I like this post! I was alone for 7 years. During that time, I learned what's important to me, what I'm willing to compromise for, and what I'm not. It was hard, but I wouldn't trade that time for anything. Interesting blog!

  2. Thank you! I think that this video applies to everyone, even those who are with someone, don't you think? It's just really important to have some time alone.


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