Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Alone, But Never Lonely

"What a lovely surprise to finally discover how un-lonely being alone can be."


Being an introvert, I enjoy spending most of my time alone. And with my husband in Alaska and my daughter working full time and spending most of her free time with friends, that's most of my days. 

A lot of people ask me if I'm ever lonely, and while I do miss my husband, we talk almost daily, and I do see my daughter every day. Social media gives me access to family and friends, and my daughter has a little Chiweenie, and even he is often more than I bargained for.  So overall I would have to say that while I am alone a good deal of the time,  I'm never lonely.

Thankfully I enjoy my own company, and I have a wide array of interests to keep me busy. This weekend I completed the cross stitch piece you see above from start to finish, and painted a few pieces of furniture, including a bookshelf that once belonged to my grandmother. I gave it a few days to dry, and then yesterday I moved my favorite books from another room and organized them so that I would have them all close at hand.  Tropical Storm Fred has been making his presence known this week, with a few tornado warnings here and there, but for the most part it's just been several days of heavy clouds and light drizzle, the perfect kind of day to read, or watch the latest episode of Andy Griffith (I'm on Season 7 right now, so nearing the end).  The past two weekends I've also held a little movie marathon, and watched Doris Day movies, and then this weekend it was Dean Jones. I've got a stack of Don Knotts movies ready for Saturday. To be honest there are so many things I want to do I doubt that I'll ever finish them all, and the list just keeps growing as I discover new things. I want to learn to punch needle, felt, and latch hook and I'm slowly gathering supplies to begin after the first of the year. And I guess I'll forever pick up my knitting needles and try again, so far with very little success! All in all I lead a very full, rich life between these walls, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I enjoy being alone, my soul is at peace in the silence.

So what about you, what are some of your favorite hobbies to pass the time? Are you an empty nester with endless days at hand, or a young mother who would give anything to just go to the bathroom alone? I remember those days, and I understand! But no matter our phase in life, it's important to find time to be alone and to enjoy the things we love, and I would encourage you to be intentional about setting that time aside. If you struggle with being alone, push yourself to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Visit the library and pick up a new book or a DVD. Myself, I don't think there's ever been a day when I was bored,  there aren't enough hours in a day to do all that I want to do. Keeping busy has never been a problem for me. I suck the marrow out of life and do my best to intentionally live every minute of it!

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