I spend A LOT of time by myself.
And some of my friends think it’s crazy that I like to go on trips by myself.
I’ve driven across the country a couple of times alone and I find it to be very relaxing and it helps me clear my mind and get away from all the baggage of everyday life…at least for a little while.
And if you’re one of those people who is kind of afraid to do things alone, at least give it a shot and see if you like it.
You might even enjoy it…
Let’s take a look at what folks on AskReddit had to say about their alone time.
1. Not annoying.
“I’m not annoying anyone.
Shout out to the “Crippling fear of and constant feeling that you’re bothering other people just by existing so you have to bottle up 90% of your personality which then feels incredibly exhausting so despite sometimes enjoying people you spend way more time alone than you should” gang!”
2. A good balance.
“In my opinion, it is nice to be alone every now and then, as it is allowing you to self-reflect and enjoy some quality time with your self.
However, in a more permanent level, I have seen it wrecking my mood and leading me to a state close to depression.. Balance does the trick for me..”
“Solitude is comforting
When i’m alone i don’t have to be scared to be myself and i don’t have to pretend i’m feeling fine all the time.”
4. Do what I want.
“I live alone and in my apartment I can do what I want, when I want, however I want. The complete freedom to have a day with no plans and then to spend that day doing as much or as little as I want. No obligations to anyone that I don’t make for myself.
Spending a lot of time alone is a really good way to learn a lot about who you are, without influence from other people and their opinions or perception of you.
I’ve been living alone for over 2 years but for the past 9 months of being single and (mostly) not dating, I’ve realized how much I am capable of enjoying my own company.”
5. Deeeeep thoughts.
“Because it’s nice to be alone with your thoughts and enjoy alone time.”
6. Time to space out.
“I hate the stress of having to constantly be present in mind when i’m with other people.
I love being able to space out and sit in silence and just be in my own head.”
7. Different tanks.
“People are exhausting.
I tend to believe all people have two gas tanks. One that can only be filled up by the company of those you truly connect with, and one that can only be filled up by time alone.
And they are different sizes for different people.”
“I will never understand codependent people.
Being alone is the one time you can literally do what you want and completely be yourself. No one to shoot down your plans and no hearing opinions from people.
Alone time is bliss.”
9. All about me.
“I don’t have to worry about other people. I can do whatever I want whenever I want.
Right now I’m planning on getting dressed and taking a leisurely stroll through the park, smoke a joint and get a taco. No time frame, I’ll get there when I get there, I’ll get back when I get back. Then I’ll do whatever I want for the rest of the night.
Alternatively, last time I was at my friends and they had the radio on and it was the worst f*cking station around.”
10. That’s honest.
“Because I don’t know how to interact with people well.”
11. My own company.
“I’ve always been that way, would rather enjoy my own company for countless hours than be around people and feel the need to leave after a while.”
12. No stress.
“I never know which version of myself I am when I have to socialize. I always feel terrible afterwards and scrutinize what I said or did.
I feel mentally discombobulated. When I am alone, there’s no stress. I like myself more.”
13. No and No.
“Because I don’t like small talk and I don’t like loud people.”
14. Daydream Believer.
“I love to daydream.
I daydream vividly, all the time, to the point where something is probably wrong with me. I daydream when I’m with other people but I’m better at it when I’m alone.”
15. Need to recharge the batteries.
“I’m a mix between an introvert and an extrovert. I like spending time and talking to other people, but I can only recharge my energy when I am alone.
So if I have to socialise for two to three days in a row, I would make an effort to spend the next day completely alone to get back into good headspace, because I get tired from socialising.”
Now it’s your turn!
In the comments, tell us why you like to spend time alone.
We can’t wait to hear from you.