Longevity Magazine

HOW TO VALUE TIME alone

“Aloneness is one of our first sensory experiences with antecedents in a cosy, comfortable womb state”

The world has never been a busier place. Our informationper-minute and activity-per-day rates have tripled over the past ten years, despite modern conveniences designed to save us time and busyness. We spend a good deal of money on washing machines, fast food, car washes and housekeepers, and yet we still complain of being too busy to have time to ourselves.

“Time to ourselves” — that’s the real conundrum. We’ve been saying all along how important “alone time” is for every human being, and the existentialists generally agree with us. But not everyone thinks so, and these are the women who say they are too busy to have time to themselves. These are the women for whom no amount of conveniences will help give them the alone time they say they want. The reason? Because they don’t like it. For them, alone time is not a quiet time for solitude and introspection, but a lonely time of isolation and despair.

These are two states of aloneness One is good, the other is bad. Positive aloneness — solitude — is a healthy, productive state.

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