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It seems up until recently, being introverted was viewed as a negative quality. Humans, by nature, are social creatures and it seems to go against the natural order to want to be alone. In reality, however, there is much to gain by giving yourself some quiet time, introverted or not.
Spending time alone is not a new concept for me. While my childhood friends spent their summers away at camp or on vacation, I spent mine drawing, building small websites, filming embarrassing skits on my camcorder, or playing video games. While this may seem like a lonely life to some, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. I truly believe the alone time spent as a child shaped me into the person I am today because it allowed my imagination to run wild. Creativity is not something that is taught but rather accumulated by experiences. The whimsical, childlike freedom gave me a space to harbor the creativity that allows me to be successful in my career as an adult. If you’re ever feeling a mental block coming on, spending some time alone may be just the thing you need to get the creativity flowing again.
A moment of solitude can also be beneficial if you’re feeling stressed. There were times in high school and college where I would simply lay in the dark doing nothing but listening to music. The peace helped me destress and take my mind off things that were happening at the moment. Something about escaping into your own world helps you forget about the ever-unraveling list of things that need to be done.
Lastly, spending time alone helps you discover your interests. I noticed how much I loved working on computers – I spent much of my free time growing up teaching myself how to code or creating illustrations and animations. It was after a couple high school web design classes when I finally said: “Hey, this is pretty cool. I should turn this into a career.” And that’s exactly what happened. Spending a lot of time alone can get boring, and as a result you will find ways to entertain yourself. What you choose to do with your time can really help you discover a lot about yourself, especially if you’re actively exploring your interests.
Though spending time alone comes easily to me because I am introverted, I do believe everyone can benefit from some level of solitude. This doesn’t mean isolating yourself from everyone around you, but it does mean giving yourself space when you need it. A little peace and quiet can play an integral part in rejuvenating the soul.