Think About It Thursday

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I've been saying this for years so you can imagine my elation when I saw that Oscar Wilde and I were seeing eye to eye.  So many people are afraid of being alone. They hang out with the wrong people and stay in toxic relationships, because they fear the alternative. It's not always the easiest move, but being alone can be good for you; and sometimes better for you than being with someone who has a negative effect on your life.

Yes, I have a boyfriend so I'm not "alone". Let it be known, though, that I was single for four years prior to that. Yes. Four. And I feel like I know myself very well because of it. I know who I am without him, and I therefore know that he makes me a better person.  I'm not trying to get all mushy on you, so allow me to redirect this.

It's important to know that you can be alone and your world won't crumble.  It's important to be independent. It's important to know who YOU are, what you're passionate about, and what really makes you tick. Being alone forces you to discover these things about yourself.

I am absolutely not encouraging anyone to abandon their friends or significant other. Just be sure to make time for you and you alone so that you can really tap in to your inner self. And know that it is ok to be alone.


18 comments:

Landi Lausen said...

Couldn't agree more! Very great advice xoxo

Taylor {CoverGirl + Converse} said...

SO SO true, Morgan!! Wow, this is such amazing advice. It's true that being alone is looked down own most, if not all the time, but sometimes it really shows that you are strong enough to stay out of negative relationships and wait for the right person(s) to come into your life! Love this post :)
xoxo

Always Maylee said...

This is so true and I agree with you 100%!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

prettyanddelectable said...

Very true! Even when you are in a relationship, it's important for each person to maintain a sense of individuality and independence. :)

Giovanna said...

Absolutely love this quote and post! I totally agree with you. So many people need to learn that being alone isn't a bad thing. You don't have to stay in a toxic relationship/friendship so you're not alone. Sometimes it's better to be "alone" than in bad company!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com

Susan said...

I really needed this today! I'm single and seriously I find that being alone is sometimes a little bit, well, lonely, but it has made me much more aware of myself and what I know that I want and need. Thanks for this!

His Little Lady said...

absolutely beautiful! love this quote!
xo TJ

smk053078 said...

You go, girl. I think this is so important to remember. It gives a person time to grow and learn about themselves. It is something that I wish I would have done for a longer period of time when I was in college. Not that I regret being in a relationship most of my life, but it is something that I always think about and wonder what if...
xo,
Shanna

Amanda Raborn said...

TOTALLY agree! Love this quote. And it's also important to never forget or lose who you are... even when you're married. As seen on awkward of this weeks A&A, I had someone ask me if my husband and I had gotten in our first fight yet... we have nearly been married 6 months- ABSOLUTELY. I'd be worried if we hadn't because you don't want to lose sight of who you are and what your opinion is, and it's okay to disagree on different things. I was one too, that was single for quite some time and it was quite helpful in realizing who I am as a person alone from any other influences. Awesome post, Morgan!

Amanda
It's an Easy Life

Megs said...

It's so true! I must admit... I've had this same fear of being alone and to be perfectly honest, I still do. I know that I make certain life decisions around this crazy (& sometimes, not so crazy) fear. But you're right... if we don't learn to be alone, we'll never really get to know ourselves at our most vulnerable, and possibly at our strongest. You learn a lot when it's all up to... and I'm sure we can be surprised by ourselves, our resilience and even how we might not hate being alone after all. LOVE THIS. xo, Megs

princess.hippie.love.

molliee said...

so true! what a good post!

Allie said...

I have been wanting to comment on this post ALL DAY (thank goodness the work day is over!). This is such great advice. I was single for 4 years before my current bf and completely content with my life. Learning to love yourself before you can truly love someone (and vice versa) is SOOO important! Even now, I need my alone time. I treasure the time spent with friends, but I truly appreciate my alone time. Great post girl, absolutely LOVE this! xx, Allie

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I totally agree. I live alone and feel like I am such a stronger person for being able to hold my own, on my own, in a big city.

Houndstooth & High Heels said...

I could not have said this better myself....I've been telling my friends this for FOREVER!! One of my favorite posts of yours!

xo, S

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I've never lived alone. EEEEK. Too late now! Haha!

Cal said...

I wholeheartedly agree! Living alone when I first moved to a new city and a new job out of college was one of the more difficult, but rewarding things I've ever done. Thanks for posting this! xocal

EM {Pushups with Polish} said...

what a great quote and so true :)
xxo em

ps: thanks for stopping by my blog because now i found yours!

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