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Discovery 29: Bench aka The Importance of Being Alone

“‎In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.”
Haruki Murakami

It’s an evening of pouring rain on the verge of autumn and my thoughts circle around a wide range of memories and impressions. Suddenly the picture of an empty bench covered by rain drops and colorful leaves prevails. A bench is meant to be a place for rest and thoughtfulness, for lively conversations or occasional silent get-togethers. An empty bench doesn’t feel right for some reason. Combined with the rain and the ending summer, it can even evoke melancholy and make it to a blog list of discoveries like this one 😉


Being alone is something many feel uncomfortable about. So did I for a long time. And I used to surround myself with people or simply noise from different sources when I couldn’t stand just being on my own. Until I discovered that being able to be alone, learning to cope with it and enjoy it is essential and might even be a prerequisite for being able to be with others in a more meaningful way. In view of this discovery, the empty bench doesn’t seem such a sad place anymore…


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3 thoughts on “Discovery 29: Bench aka The Importance of Being Alone

  1. …nice thoughts. Few weeks ago, as the sun was still there and shiny, I did a few hours hike alone. Sat down on a bench, drunk a glass of wine, ate something, and enjoyed the beauty of the nature. It was a great

    Posted by Andreea | September 12, 2013, 6:14 am
  2. Very true! As an introvert I need my “bench-time” for sure…

    Posted by neetsgold | September 18, 2013, 3:19 pm

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