Being alone has more to do with our perceptions than how much company we have. It’s just as possible to be painfully lonely and surrounded by people as it is to be content with little social contact. Some people need extended periods alone to recharge. Here’s how we can change our perceptions by making and experiencing art. People are facing unprecedented amounts of time alone. It’s a good idea for us to pause and consider what it takes to turn difficult loneliness into enriching solitude. But when we are forced to spend more time alone than we might wish, becoming comfortable in our own company can give us the time and freedom to explore our passions without interference truly. Alone time is an opportunity to let your mind wander and strengthen your creativity. Without caring for or interacting with other people, you can ignore outside influences and focus inward. Living alone tends to be seen in a negative light. However, researchers have found that people living alone may have richer social lives and more social energy than people who cohabitate with others. “Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”
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