Originally written by John Haltiwanger via Just The Way You Are
I saw a friend on the subway this morning, but intentionally avoided him so he wouldn’t see me (sorry, dude).
I’m not an antisocial person, but while I’m on my way to work, I don’t want to speak to anyone. I just want to put my headphones on, open a book and zone out.
If I’d made eye contact with said friend, I would’ve felt obligated to talk to him. This wouldn’t have ruined my commute, as I generally love being in the company of friends, pals, companions, compadres, comrades, amigos, what have you… but sometimes I need time to unwind and live in the moment on my own terms, perhaps more than I often realize.
Solitude is vital to our mental health and general well-being. Even if we can’t achieve it in a purely physical sense, it’s nice to…
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