Lonely or alone…

The sun sets on another day…

I was listening to people today talk about being alone and was reminded of the differences between being alone and being lonely.

Doesn’t sound like a big deal does it? There is a difference though. Being alone is the absence of other people. Being lonely is feeling isolated.

So why does this matter?

Being alone can actually be a good thing. Without people you can still accomplish much, and both seek and find an inner strength or more that many people may not be able to find. Being alone does not imply happy, sad, or otherwise, it is a state of physicality, nothing more. Personally I sometimes like being alone as it gives me time to do more and accomplish more.

Being lonely is not a physical state, it is a state of mind. A person can be lonely in a crowd, in a relationship, or while they are alone. Being lonely can be miserable, and is rarely a positive thing. As we go through life, being lonely is not fun, nor does it really hold a positive connotation.

So who cares?

Well, I would like to suggest that we may all need to be alone sometimes, but we never really need to be lonely. If you read the above it just makes sense. If you enjoy being alone, it is unlikely you are lonely, and you are at peace with yourself.

Hmm, it makes good sense to find a little peace, and whether you are alone or with people, to find that thing that allows you to not be alone.

So as the sun sets on another day, find a little slice of peace, and don’t feel lonely, feel alive in a world that is full of possibilities. Don’t let others decide if you are lonely, you can decide. Along the way, be the person you want to be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be who you are…