How To Be Alone: A Delightfully Wise Poem Suitable for Many

How To Be Alone is a video of Tanya Davis performing her poem by the same name.

I recommend that you recommend it to:

1. People who can’t stop talking. I suspect they can’t or don’t know how to be alone but they would benefit from knowing a measure of solitude. You’ll be doing them a favour.

2. People going out of the country by themselves for school, work or vagabonding. It is inevitable that they will be alone and this little poem will prepare them for it.

3. Teenagers. Plant a seed! Let them know that solitude has its own perks.

Excerpts from How to Be Alone by Tanya Davis:

If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait. You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You’re not supposed to talk much anyway so it’s safe there.

And as a reminder to myself:

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

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