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Last night I did something that I rarely do - I went out alone.
If you ever read my blog, you know that I'm a people person. I like hanging out with people. I'm not a party gal, but I much prefer spending time with people, whether we're having a conversation or even just being together. I'm just not a loner. There's a scene in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants where Squidward joins an interpretive dance class and he says, "It's even better in a group!" That's totally me. I like the people.
But last night was not that way. I invited a few folks to join me to see Brad Yoder, but none were able to make it. Jason is sick, so he wasn't able to go. So it was just me. There was a brief moment when I thought about skipping it and just staying home and watching the end of Scott Pilgrim, but I really wanted to meet Brad in person, so I climbed in the old minivan and drove north.
And you know what? It was really, really nice. I took along a little knitting that I'm working on, got a big coffee and enjoyed some music. Being me, I of course talked to a few people who were also there to see Brad, but for the most part, I just enjoyed being alone for a while.
I think there can be something really nice about being alone. I'm not talking about being lonely. That sucks big time. I hate it. But there is definitely good alone. Time to do something we enjoy, just for our own enjoyment. We don't often celebrate solitude.
I would encourage you to find a minute to do something alone. We're coming up on a really busy season and it's easy to get overwhelmed with the Stuff To Do (tm). Think about a chance to grab a minute by yourself. By all means, enjoy time with friends, but don't forget to give yourself some time as well.
When was the last time you spent some time alone? What is your favorite thing to do by yourself?