Solitude

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             In a society that screams individualism and taking care of yourself first and foremost, the negative connotation and anxiety charged towards spending your time alone without any companion sounded almost like an irony. Our attachment to social media and mobile apps within the reach of our fingertips makes connectivity with our loved ones easier and distance relationships more bearable. Yet it seems to compel us into a fear of missing out especially if you were seen wandering off alone or not doing anything particular deemed social friendly. And how often we hang out with the toxic crowd, fit into certain mould, brand with something that completely doesn't define their true self to satiate our momentarily sense of belonging only to find ourselves harder to pull out from that as we sink deeper into a black hole.
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             Solitude, in its own delicate charm, does not equate one with anti-social behaviour or a strong hatred towards socialising or connecting with others. Being happy with solitude, as I view it, is a luxury that not everyone can afford, a skill that not everyone can master. After all, it is an inevitable situation which you and I will experience at least once in our lifetime, but to truly appreciating and enjoy your own companion can be rewarding when you found the formula that fits you. Whether you spend those ticking minutes picking up an old hobby, reigniting the spark of long-lost passion project or even doing nothing in particular as a healing session from your hectic lifestyle, standing alone in your own space does not have to be so terrifying.
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             P.S.: I actually drafted this blog post last Friday but over the weekend I watched Claire Marshall's Vlogmas #4 which touched on the topics of relationships and family. Along the video, she mentioned about the notion of alone:
"I feel like the word alone itself kinda gives you the idea that you're without [something] and it sounds... sad in a way and it doesn't need to be because your life can still be very rich when you are happy [and confident] with yourself." -- Claire Marshall
Particularly, this strikes a chord with the intention of writing this post. I hope you, too, will be able to find the light of solitude from being engulfed with the darkness of anxiety and fear of missing out within our daily lives.

Love, Sharon.

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