I believe in loneliness. I was inspired by my mother to love being alone. I am sure she has no idea she influenced this in me but I am grateful she did. I remember growing up my mother would occasionally go see a movie by herself or out to eat alone. So when I first moved out of state and had trouble making friends I started to do the same thing. I would occasionally take myself out to eat or to the movies. I have since gone on trips by myself, stayed in hotels by myself. Shopping. Dates. To the theatre, to the museum, to the coffee shop. Explored old buildings on a campus I do not even attend. Gone on walks and to community classes. Hiking. Driving. All alone. “lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.”
Below is a great little video on how to appreciate alonedom.