Make time for “Me-Time”
Enjoy spending time alone.
In fact, save at least ten minutes a day for no one but yourself. Take the time to learn You. What you like, what you don’t like. What you will tolerate, what you want to be, who you want to be, where you want to go. Reflect on things. Excersice Perspective. You’ll be amazed to see how much you can recognize (and monitor) your own personal growth.
When I was younger, I’d always make an effort to surround myself with people at all times. Not to say that being social is a bad thing, but it did come with baggage – Being caught up in all things associated with Typical Teenage theatrics. But worst of all, as the adaptable person I already am, I found myself conforming to the latest trends and Whats-Cool’s of my time. Amongst all of the teenage angst breeding within the walls of Sir William Mulock Secondary School, you really wouldn’t be able to tell me apart from anyone else. I dressed the same, listened to the same music, and spoke the same lingo as everyone else. I really hadn’t a clue about what I liked, or who I really was.
Flash forward ten years, and nothing could be further from the truth. I make the effort to be alone, and I truly do make the effort to learn more about myself.
It’s okay to spend time alone. It genuinely has become one of my favourite past times.
Sometimes, I prefer hangin’ out on my couch with a good read and a good wine over hangin’ out with anyone else (Sorry, friends!). It’s gotten to the point where I’m known as the nerdy introvert amongst my girlfriends, but I’m totally cool with that! I have no idea why there is a negotive connotation with introversion, anyways. I feel like it’s a skill, really.
Be comfortable by yourself. Make the time to learn yourself, and love yourself. Take time out of your busy schedule, and make room in your congested bubble to reflect on yourself in any capacity. Years down the road when you will sit back and realize how far you’ve come, and there is no feeling that will be more satisfying.
And ask yourself from time to time: Can you be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep?
Also, for those of you who buy into this whole stigma of introversion, I will leave you with the words of Susan Cain – She knows what’s up!