Being Alone Can be a Good Experience
I have been reading stories on this website for a few months and I have noticed a common factor among many retirees.
Retirement, whether voluntary or involuntary, seems to bring about feelings of loneliness or the fear of losing touch with people in the workforce.
I recently read a book, "Celebrating Time Alone -Stories of Splendid Solitude", written by Lionel Fisher. This book is a collection of stories about people of all age groups, gender, and stages of life who give their commentary about how being alone has effected their lives.
Being alone has a negative connotation but these stories, in this book, will give you a new perspective on how living alone can bring a time of peace and self-rejuvenation into your retirement.
Our society is not conducive to embracing a lifestyle where a person does not want marriage, children or multiple members in a household. This book gives equal time to everyone who does or does not enjoy solitude.
After reading the book, I felt vindicated about my choices in life. I believe I can now accept retirement with less resentment and more encouragement about my remaining days on earth.
Living a life of solitude is all about loving your self and accepting who you are no matter what has happened in your life.
You should always be your best friend.