“It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely” ~ Albert Einstein
Isn’t this true? We all want have a wide circle of friends but when one or more of them do not act according to our wishes we become unhappy. At times there can be a misunderstanding with friends and negativity creeps in. Don’t we know in-spite of being popular and liked by many friends there are moments when we still feel lonely and blue? 😦 😦 Having many friends can at times be stressful as we need to fulfill their expectations and perhaps even cater to their whims and fancies.
I wonder what ‘making friends with yourself’ means? To me it means not being dependent on the praise and admiration of friends to feel happy but to draw a deep sense of satisfaction and contentment from within ourselves. Whether it be our work our hobbies we do it to feel good ourselves and not to impress others.
We know of artists, painters, writers, gardeners, mountain climbers and scientists who spend a lot of ‘me time’ for fulfilling their passion. Spending such moments with yourself is said to be stress free, relaxing and energizing. Rarely are such folk ever lonely. 🙂
Here’s what Henry David Thoreau has to say ~ “I never found a companion that was more companionable than solitude”.