Alone versus Lonely
Very different things.
I love to be alone.
I was raised on a backwoods hippie commune with only a few other children, none of whom were near my age — but I didn’t love being alone then.
I’m an introvert — a word I didn’t learn till I was in my mid-forties, or come to embrace until even more recently. I just thought I was shy, awkward, weird. For years I wished I were more…