I’m married and a mom of two so I have family interaction but I could for sure never leave my house/ property and be fine. I wouldn’t suffer from cabin fever because I have gone days, weeks without leaving. I also limit my internet usage and have no notifications sent to my phone because I need to remain detached. I value my alone time too much.

I can’t say I would have always been able to do it. I think it really comes down to whether or not we have the ability to be okay with who we are and alone with ourselves. When we’re not we tend to drown ourselves out in all the noise of in person or online socialization. This is something I’ve learned through age and life experience.

I believe we do live in a time where as a generalization, or whole we have a strong focus on our individuality but are also addicted to the acceptance of others. It can be such an emotionally damaging state to some. It seems to me if we’re able to accept ourselves we’d be able to find the appropriate balance of what socialization should really be, which is a life skill and not as something we’re unable to survive without.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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