“How to Be Alone”

A lovely new viral video beseeches you to eat dinner alone, take a solo stroll and enjoy yourself, already

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"How to Be Alone"

I wish my teenage self had come across this video, watched it, believed it and followed its every instruction. I say that as someone constitutionally opposed to life how-to’s and anything bordering on preaching — but this video of Tanya Davis’ poem “How to Be Alone” is an exception. It is mostly what it sounds like: advice on how to be alone without being lonely. Not only that, but how to enjoy flying solo — whether it’s merely doing things by yourself or refusing to jump into a relationship just to be in a relationship.

This isn’t just a “lady thing,” although the poem is written by a woman and the video is shot by a female director. Nor is being alone something you merely learn to cope with out of desperation, but something you learn because it’s essential to happiness — even, maybe especially, when you’re surrounded by people. As Davis writes: ”If you’re happy in your head, then solitude is blessed and alone is okay” — especially after watching this video.



(Via The Rumpus.)

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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