How to be ALONE and BE!

I guess I'm back to the path towards my dreams..and it's a long lonely road, I guess...I need to be back to the old me in order to focus, then change and be reborn! for the better! Come to think about it, looking back and connecting the dots, I have always been some-what alone....~detached, perhaps free?! Nobody really asks you 'How to be Alone?'

Being Alone is like having the Freedom to think and reflect inwards (perhaps like Buddha?:P), to explore one's own curiosity, answering one's own questions by myself. I guess that's what happens to a kid who's raised by one parent while the other works abroad and also being exposed to the despair of helplessness through a loved-one sticken with cancer at a young age.

I've been called a loner, stereotyped, misunderstood, yet no one really asks why? From one look, most people seems to have already known the full me as to what I supposedly do (or maybe it's in my head?).  Perhaps my pace of growth and social understanding is just slow or just a natural late-bloomer I'd say. Realizing this now, I guess it's much lesser these days, I just came to accept these are my tendencies and I enjoy lurking, observing, and being aware of the flow of this world~the movement of people, the wind, nature, the sky...I guess people should just deal with it, that I am what I am :D

    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.

    There’s also the gym. If you’re shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke).

    And there’s public transportation, because we all gotta go places.

    And there’s prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you’re hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

    Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals.

    The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they — like you — will be alone.

    Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

    When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You’re no less intriguing a person when you’re eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

    Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.
    And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one’s watching…because, they’re probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you’re sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life’s best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

    Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
    Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there’re always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might’ve never happened had you not been there by yourself

    Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

    You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one’s in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

    Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school’s groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you’re happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

    It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be releived, keeps things interesting lifes magic things in reach.

    And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that communitie’s not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn’t get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don’t obsess about it.

    you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
    If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
    There is heat in freezing, be a testament
How to be ALONE and BE! How to be ALONE and BE! Reviewed by Vernon Joseph Go on Saturday, October 01, 2011 Rating: 5


  1. A great poem for reflection, I did all except for the dancing alone part. Lol

  2. Being alone for me is sitting down at the top of a hill while leafing through the pages of a book, taking a pause, then glancing at the beautiful scenery below. It is that moment when I let go of all else that has to be thought of or even troubled about. Then I experience inner peace.

    It really doesn't matter what others think of you. Everyone, in their own ways, experience being stereotyped and labeled. Suffice to say, just live and let live. ;)

    And you mentioned Buddha. I have this huge fascination for Buddhism and even considered shifting religion. I wonder how it would be to live with monks for a year and self-reflect with them. :)

    Nice post man!

  3. at least dili could be worse like 'pole dancing' or something wahahah

  4. grabeeehag comment o...reflection and meditation can be done w/o really changing religion though, but depende rana sad jud...hehehe..grabe jud nang INNER PEACE ehehhe

  5. Hahaha. Sakto, reflection and meditation are both religion-independent. I just like the Buddhist philosophy as it tackles more about the person's nature.Grabe jud nang inner peace. Mapalit nana sa mall. lol