“‘Tis better to be alone, than in bad company.” – George Washington
That’s this week’s Wise Words prompt from Kirsetin Morello. Immediately, it reminded me of something I’d written here back in 2010, about how much alone time I require even though I still consider myself a social person (although maybe not a full-blown extrovert).
So yes, I agree with George (look at me, going out on a limb!). ‘Tis certainly better, for me and I’d guess for most of us, to fly solo than to seek out the company of others strictly so we won’t be alone. One of my children is slowly learning this lesson. It’s my kid who always, always, always wants someone to play with; 95% of the time, parents and siblings will not do. But two back-to-back, lackluster playdates made an impression, I think. Not that these friends were “bad,” but that sometimes you don’t need company to enjoy yourself.
I think all of us would prefer to avoid bad company, whether it leaves us alone or not. The tougher question may be when to withdraw from company for company’s sake, or even “good” company at a bad time. Too often, the choice is alone time or time with friends, but not both. And I don’t know about you, but I need both! What would George say about that?