Those of you who read this blog know that I have been single for a while now. Single for the first time in many years. It still is “early days” considering the length of time that I was in a relationship but somehow the counting of weeks, months no longer matters to me.
It is funny how differently people cope and act when they become single. Everyone has a different coping mechanism. For some it triggers a great many changes, for some nothing much seems to change – outwardly anyway.
For me the hardest challenge was just being on my own. Do not get me wrong, I do like alone time. I need and crave it at times – always have. But it is different when you find yourself alone when you come home every day. It takes some getting use to. It threw me a bit for sure. Because even with everyone telling me that I need to appreciate my own company and be happy with myself etc it does not mean that it automatically happens. It is bloody hard work. Harder than I thought it would be.
Instead of cherishing the time I had to myself I felt anxious. I felt lost and lonely. Many times I felt anger. Anger at myself for not coping on, anger that I could not feel content in my own skin and anger at life in general. Patience is not my strong suit.
Friends pointed out the importance of being happy on my own. I discussed it with people around me. I spent hours reading and researching the topic. It was a topic I dwelled on a lot. At some stage I got sick of it.
I decided that I will do whatever I enjoy and just see what happens. I know that I love spending times with friends. Having a laugh. Seeing new places again. Getting re-acquainted with myself. Not fretting so much. Realizing that change does not happen over night. That there will always be good days and bad moments. That life happens no matter what and only I can decide how to react to it. No-one can do that for me. Yes – others can help, inspire, guide and just be there but I alone decide what affects me and in what way.
Today I went for a walk in the local park on my own and suddenly it struck me. I was enjoying myself. I did not feel that I HAD to have someone with me. I would not have minded company, as I do enjoy it, but I was just as happy walking on my own. I felt good. My own company was – IS – perfectly fine.
The journey is ongoing and I am taking it easy. I guess things just fall into place a little at a time. So what is the point I am trying to make with this post? Perhaps by sharing my own personal experience I can let someone else know that it does get easier. When all those people around you say that you need to find comfort and happiness within yourself and you are struggling – give it time and do not worry too much. You will get there, if you give it a chance.