Friday Two Cents: A Moment Of Tranquility

‘I’m learning a lot about myself being alone, and doing what I’m doing.’ Chantal Kreviazuk

‘The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.’ Justin Timberlake

This week I went to see Captain Marvel in theatres on the first showing of the opening day.  But it’s not the movie that made me stop and think but the fact that I wanted to see it alone without any of my friends.  I enjoy my friends company but for some reason I wanted to see this movie and I did not think of asking anyone.  

At the theatre enjoying a movie

I ordered the ticket two weeks before the opening day.  I have seen movies on my own before so this experience was not new.  As well in the past I went to see other movies on their opening days such as Star Trek, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.  Yet I felt a need to spend some quality time with my favourite person. Me. 

I was reflecting on this because many of my colleagues and friends said they would have liked to go too but wondered why I did not ask someone.  The only thing that came to mind was perhaps my work as an occasional teacher.  I love working with the students and I adore my colleagues but I felt the need to be alone with my thoughts to reflect on anything and everything in my life.  

Some people said that I might be becoming introverted, yet upon reflection I disagree.  Many introverted people feel uncomfortable in group situations yet I look forward to them. I like meeting people and interacting with them.  No, I think there is another explanation.  In the past month I have worked almost every day, in a host of classrooms and in a couple of schools.  A room teacher interacts with their class only, about 25 – 30 students.  I must have interacted with over 500 – 600 students in that span.  I believe taking some time to be alone with my thoughts is simply a case of sensory overload.    

Therefore I fully embraced my time before, during and after the movie.  I went out for a steak dinner, enjoyed the movie and after I went home to write and reflect on the events of the day.  For it felt like all the noise of the day had been wiped away to reveal thoughts of clarity and tranquility that I haven’t experienced in quite some time.  The best way to describe it is like I was on an island of tranquility in a sea of chaos.  

Sometimes we all need that island of tranquility.

‘In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you’. Deepak Chopra


Friday Two Cents: Some Alone Time Please


‘Never having alone time is real tough on people’. Yakov Smirnoff

‘I tend to stay up late, not because I’m partying but because it’s the only time of the day when I’m alone.’ Jim Carrey

Last week’s post touched on the idea of respect. I saw the students showing a lack of respect to their peers as we tried to practice our play. This was a monthly virtue for the month of September yet it seems that not only the students are having a difficult time with respect but adults too.

Outside the school environment I have begun to notice a lack of respect for others. From people cutting off others while driving, a lack of social manners when I open the door for people and even from a person I know and called friend. I am not sure if it’s me and that I am overly sensitive to what people say or do, however I have come to my wit’s end with people not respecting my privacy and what I do in my personal time. Simply put, respect my desire to spend some time alone.

It is not as if I do not wish to be with people, far from it, it’s just that I need some personal time to myself to recharge my batteries.   Yet many people simply dismiss this idea as being antisocial or see it as something alien as having green skin. I feel that they are not taking my feelings to be important, only theirs are.

Perhaps it is a product of our society or the fact that I live in a large city. People expect me to always be with someone. But maybe that is the reason I need to have some alone time because there are so many people in my life. I teach, work and interact with at least 100+ people in one day and to be honest, it can be exhausting; both mentally and physically. I look forward to the time I have alone, to do something I truly enjoy such as read, write, create some art or just to watch a movie.

So to all those people out there who do not understand the value of alone time; you don’t have to understand it, just respect it if someone asks for it. And to those of you who are like me and value your alone time, enjoy it and protect it. Sometimes you need to spend some quality time with the most important person in your life. You.

Alone time Quote - Oprah
Alone time Quote – Oprah
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