In last week’s post I emphasized the importance of working toward a better relationship with yourself. This week, I would like to talk about becoming comfortable with yourself.
I think many of us feel that we are completely capable of being alone with ourselves. We may feel that the idea of total aloneness does not scare us at all, but we are probably not being totally truthful. I say so because here I am writing this piece at Panera Bread all by MYSELF! And, truly, it feels a bit odd to be alone here—especially as I see everyone else surrounded by friends or family. Many of us spend so much time trying to be with others that we begin to neglect ourselves. We become focused with other people’s lives that we push aside some of our own feelings and forget what it feels like to truly be alone with ourselves. It is important to keep a healthy balance between solitude and sociality that best fits your needs.
That is why this week I am going to challenge myself to do both meager and extensive acts all by my lonesome! Some small acts may be going for a walk or going to Starbucks for a read. Some larger acts, which may require me to come out of my comfort zone, will be to go to the mall or a community event. I also want you to challenge yourself. What can you do that will allow you to grow and see yourself in a different light? This challenge is one of the many first steps we can take to becoming comfortable with who we are and what we are capable of doing on our own.
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Edited by Samantha McDonald