I came across this video awhile ago but BuzzFeed just included it today in 25 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Down. [Note: I'm not feeling down. In fact, I'm having a great week and feeling super productive both at work and in running. But the article made me think, and has some really great tips for pick-me-ups when you need 'em. My favorite is #25. ]
Since starting my new job just over a year ago, I’ve spent a lot of time alone. I work alone at home. I work “alone” at coffee shops. It’s amazing what you can accomplish without distractions from coworkers (because I don’t have any, unless you count my boss.) Even though I’m not interacting with a ton of people on a daily basis, I still feel like I’m connected to a community both professionally and personally. Oh, the wonders of technology, right?
I’ve always enjoyed my time to myself. I’m one of those people that doesn’t mind going to a movie solo (although I haven’t done that in awhile). I always say that I just want to spend one afternoon in a comfy coffee shop with nothing but a good book to read. I have this idea that if I can just get away from my phone or computer long enough to read for 2-3 hours, I will feel instantly refreshed. [Anyone else feel this way?] Sadly, it doesn’t happen often but it’s still a constant dream of mine.
I think I enjoy being (mostly) a solo runner because I enjoy being alone. I like to work through things in my head while I
pound glide over the pavement. I feel like I can enjoy my time with others when I’ve had the time *and space* to be by myself first, if only for a brief moment over a cup of coffee in the morning.
And while you may not all be solo runners or people that like to spend time ‘alone’, I have a feeling that some of you out there might appreciate this video:
One of my favorite lines is:
‘cuz when you’re happy in your head
then solitude is blessed
and alone is okay.
Are you a solo runner? Do you try to spend time by yourself every once in awhile? When was the last time you spend the day by yourself?