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They say centuries ago Emperor Constantine decided that Sunday should have been ‘rest day’.
I love Sunday, well, who doesn’t? Ok maybe someone doesn’t. Probably the ones working on that day, the ones that hate staying at home doing absolutely nothing.
For those who don’t have the right disposition, being alone can be a little challenge.
If #day1 of the challenge was all for being together, today’s for being alone.
We always tend to see solitude as a negative thing, reality is…solitude is useful sometimes.
Yesterday we talked about introversion and while searching for some information on it, I’ve learnt so many things (for example that introversion has many sides).
In fact, we should not confuse introversion, shyness and solitude, because they are not synonyms.
Introverts decide to be alone and they actually enjoy it. Shy people, instead, would love to socialize but they’re not able to do it so easily.
I told you that I changed during the years: as far as I’m concerned, I’ve understood that I stayed introvert but softened my shyness.
The following is my opinion.
I find that being alone, sometimes, is pretty life-giving.
Few years ago, from 19 years old to 23, I lived alone in a big city (Milan) and every time I went out, I felt disoriented. When I was at home among my things though, I felt so well. With my space and my own moments.
Solitude, not the one that becomes apathy and depression, can be considered a “fortifying break”. A break from all those external stimulations (that we would love to forget sometimes).
Finding solitude allows us to give more value to those moments we spend with others. It doesn’t mean boring!
So what’s today’s task?
TASK DECEMBER 3
When the evening comes, instead of calling parents, friends etc, settle down and relax.
Maybe use that relaxing area you built on the first day. Cuddle your furry friend, if you have one.
Close your eyes and breathe, or read a book, listen to some music. Just be alone.
Meik Wiking in his book writes “And to all extroverts: light some candles, put on soothing music and embrace your inner introvert, just for the night”. I SWEAR I wrote this post before reading that sentence. I love coincidences!
Finding ourselves in solitude. I suggest you to do this more often, it will be life-giving.
Remember: you can also post a pic on Instagram with YOUR photo of day 3, using hashtag #25littlethings and tagging me @healthylittlecravings.