I’m not big on YouTube because I lack the patience to sit sifting through videos, not to mention the internet connection.  I do have a current favorite that’s been at the top of my list for a few months now.  Poet, Tanya David‘s made her poem, How to be Alone, into a wonderful, touching video.

I am great at being alone, I enjoy the company of a good book, pen and paper—more often, laptop—or just my own thoughts.  But for those of you who don’t know how to be alone, I recommend learning.  You just may find that you are wonderful company.

“Society is afraid of alone though. Like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements. Like people must have problems if after awhile nobody is dating them.
But lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it.
You can stand swathed by groups and mobs or hands with your partner, look both further and farther in the endless quest for company.
But no one is in your head. And by the time you translate your thoughts an essence of them maybe lost or perhaps it is just kept. Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those “sappy slogans” from pre-school over to high school groaning, we’re tokens for holding the lonely at bay.
Cause if you’re happy in your head, then solitude is blessed, and alone is okay.”


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