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Doing Things Alone Doesn’t Make You Weird: It Sets You Free


There’re so many people out there who are not afraid to experience life on their own and I can proudly say that I am one of them.

Yes, I am a loner. I am the person you see eating lunch in restaurants alone. I am the person who goes to the cinema on my own. I am the person who attends concerts alone without worrying about what others will think of that.

The older I get, the more I realize how amazing doing things alone is. Of course, I’m not saying that hanging out with other people is boring or a waste of time. But it surprises me that so many people underestimate how much we can benefit from and have fun doing certain things by ourselves.

We live in a culture where if you’re the type of person who enjoys “doing things on your own,” you’re perceived as antisocial, unfriendly, and even weird. But that’s not true.

Because going to concerts or to the movies alone doesn’t make you weird or crazy. It just shows that you want to experience all the amazing things life offers you. It shows that you’re not going to permit to miss out on any of them just because none of your friends wants to accompany you.

It shows that you don’t care what other people think or say about you.

It shows that you’re willing and determined to do everything your heart desires.

It shows that you are independent and that you want to use every opportunity to make your life worthwhile and interesting.

Because the truth is that not everyone will want to do the things you want to do. Not everyone will want to visit the places you want. Not everyone will have the same likes and interests. Not everyone will be willing to leave their comfort zone and gain new experiences.

But don’t allow these people to hold you back. If someone is not willing to do what you’re willing to do – then let them be. Don’t let this make you put your life on hold.

Don’t give up the idea of gaining new, valuable, life-changing, unforgettable experiences because you have no one to accompany you. Venturing out on your own is not scary. It’s not embarrassing. Rather, it’s fulfilling, rejuvenating, exciting, rewarding, and liberating.

So, what are you waiting for?

Go out in the world by yourself.  Meet new people. Do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Take up a new hobby. Go on a crazy adventure. Broaden your knowledge of the world. Observe the nature around you.

Do all this alone – don’t wait for someone to keep you company.

Embrace the present moment and enjoy your own company.

Go out in the world, do things alone, and make memories.

Riley Cooper