Exploring Mondays with Mara Prose…Solitude gives birth to the Original in Us (Thomas Mann)

Happy Mara Prose Monday!! I took the time to revamp one of my older blogger posts as it still remains so relevant in this day and age.

What a time to be alone!

A family member once told me that I’m going to die alone, with no one to miss me but my children; and maybe not even them.  I can laugh at this absurd statement now; especially since this person is on their third marriage.  I think I’d rather be alone as opposed to leaving a trail of failed marriages and multiple baby mommas as my legacy.  

At some point in our lives, it is beneficial to be alone.  There are simply periods of growth that need to take place that require solitude.  Our world is overly opinionated and judgmental, and it’s easy to feel as if you need to adhere to the fantasy that society tries to sell us on the necessity of relationships and marriage.

I’ve always needed more space and time than the usual person. I like to go my own way and forge my own path. It is during these times that I’m afforded the true luxury of learning, growing and self-reflecting.  I accepted long ago that I’m not cut from the same cloth as most but there were many years where I felt I should assimilate with the masses and live the so-called American dream.  I find convention stifling and I do not believe in fairy tales (but I do enjoy watching them, LOL). However, in my solitude, I have been able to accomplish sooooooo much; and the best is yet to come.

Just a small glimpse into all I have achieved in solitude

Solitude can bring a sense of peace and I can testify to that. I have come into my own and I am able to stand firm in my principles. You feel free and uninhibited.  You don’t have anyone to explain yourself to, you can just be whoever you are meant to be.  It’s a time where you can solely focus on self improvement.  There’s no pressure or compromises to be made, you can live life on your own terms.

I find it amusing when people try to shame those who really enjoy being single. I have even had some men try to guilt trip me into dating them, which I must say is bizarre. And it is sad when I have encountered women who do not respect the decision to be single and try to push you into the dating scene.

Self love, care and acceptance deserve more emphasis in our lives.  Think about that the next time you have people like the ones I have encountered who try and make you feel as if there is something wrong with you for valuing your own identity and being strong enough in self to determine and follow the path that is truly best for you.

Until next time,

Author Mara Prose

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