Benefits of Living a Solitary Life

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Dr Wayne W. Dyer one day said: “The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.” It was certainly in that direction that May Sarton wanted to corroborate in her essay The Rewards of living a solitary life. In that essay, she emphasizes the benefits she get everyday by being lonely or by living a solitary life like being flooded with happiness just by watching the sun rise over the ocean, having a long think, or walking her dog for example. Sarton simply did feel comfortable living alone for twenty years and most of time, she felt awkward and shocked that other people like one of her acquaintance didn’t know how much they could enjoyed themselves alone. Even though May Sarton made a great effort of persuading her audience through personal experience and real life benefits, I strongly believe that there is more happiness in doing things together than alone. Moreover, I think that Sartons’ idea of solitude should not be encouraged among young people today.

In this article, Sarton points out the numerous benefits she encounters living alone. She articulates on the fact that a lonely life can bring to his holder a set of pleasure. Hence, further in her essay, she writes, “Alone we can afford to be wholly whatever we are, and to feel whatever we feel absolutely. That is a great luxury!” Sarton’s perspective of being alone brings her true luxury; I would say real pleasure. For Sarton, the fact to be the master of her time can make her achieve everything and can bring her everywhere. That’s why in the article she cites as source of pleasure the fact of watching the sun rise over the ocean early in the morning, the fact of writing few pages, reading, listening to the music, taking a walk with her dog or taking the whole afternoon for a long think. Those are the activities flooding Sarton with happiness and for that she is totally right. Being the master of her time, make her the only person able to decide what amount of time to allocate...
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