December 3rd, 2010


the pleasures of solitude

In the past few months, I've found myself returning to introversion after several years of roughly even introversion and extroversion.

It's funny, because I always thought this was one of those things that wouldn't change, but I was quite introverted in my teens and early 20s, enjoying a lot of time alone and requiring quiet down-time to recharge after social events (even while greatly enjoying social events). So it was surprising to discover myself feeling much more extroverted late in my 20s! Not to the point of never wanting or needing time to myself, but certainly far less than I had previously.

And, somehow, despite having adjusted to the notion that introversion and extroversion are not a fixed characteristic, I'm surprised anew now that it's changing again. I'm hugely enjoying returning to finding a deep pleasure in my own company, and in quiet, solitary activities, from reading (not on the computer!!) to cooking to walking to crafting.

This got me to thinking about all the things I love doing by myself that are often seen as things that people "usually" do with company: going out, for example, whether to eat or for a movie.

What do you love doing by yourself?