social v solitary
Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about the need to be social versus the need to be solitary. As an only child growing up, I learnt to be very content with my own company. While I had friends and always enjoyed the company of adults, I also thrived on days spent in my bedroom, just tinkering. I believe alone time is very important. How else can we have the opportunity to hear our true thoughts, fears and desires? Recharge? Be creative? Slow down? My diary has several social get togethers marked in every week because I love to foster strong, genuine bonds with our friends and go to cool local events. But in the blank spots on those pages are allotted times for quietness. I can’t function without those. It is also a time for my body to refuel as I work so hard to cope with my diminished senses. As I don’t work a normal 9-5 job I can also allocate one day of the week where I don’t answer the phone – it is me taking back time for myself and pushing against the trap of constant connection and noise.
I’ve deduced that I am 50% social and 50% solitary. I need and want both just as much. What is your ratio?