Have you ever ate alone in a cafe and felt out of place? Or are you comfortable with it and enjoy your own company? Thought of traveling alone but afraid of the loneliness?
Years back, whenever I saw someone hanging out or eating alone, I felt that it was due to circumstances rather than choice. It never crossed my mind that I’ll enjoy alone time, much less travel alone. Yet today, I’ve already traveled for 11 days exploring Vietnam solo, stayed in Perth and Korea alone for a few days, and planning for my yoga retreat for 2019. I shop alone at times, hang around in a cafe alone with my laptop or a book, and spend the whole day alone at home doing nothing. This is quality (alone) time to me.
While not everyone is comfortable with it, I suggest for you to step out of this comfort zone. Be generous with yourself, and give yourself the opportunity to try it out.
Yoga classes alone. Going with friends can be fun, but going alone allows me to concentrate internally and focus on my well-being and emotions.
Savoring scones and sipping tea mocktail at Clipper’s after work.
Spent the last 3 days of my trip in Korea exploring alone, a shot of the leather workshop I attended.
Exploring Hanoi alone for 11 days as my mini grad trip, including 2 days of trekking in Sapa.
Eliminate any feelings of shame or guilt when you are or want to spend time with yourself. You’re your priority. Commitments will come in play for sure, but the ball is in our court to balance them.