Life like Walden
August 31, 2012 11:06 AM Subscribe
After many years of living a very social life in a very big city I find myself living alone in a very remote part of the world. Seeking advice and insight into a life of solitude.
posted by anonymous to society & culture (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I had planned for years to get out of the city and take on a smallholding far, far away. When the opportunity arose I took the risk and jumped but she didn't and we ended up going our separate ways. My new home is pretty remote, the nearest store is five miles away, I have no close neighbours although it's easy enough to meet people if I try. There are very few people my own age or background here however, the locals are much older and quite conservative. I work from home and am happy with my life choice however I can easily go a week without seeing or speaking to another person and when I do it's usually in a structured setting like being served in a shop, giving directions or simply saying hello as we pass. I'm naturally quite introverted so for the most part time on my own is entirely comfortable however I am plagued by doubts about this being a "natural" or "healthy" way to live. I miss female company most of all, there is practically zero chance of meeting a partner here and I fear becoming the strange old man in the empty house who dies alone. I have Internet access and good contact with old friends in the city which suffices me for human contact. My day to day work is fun, enjoyable, stimulating (copywriting, design). I rear animals and grow my own food, hunt and fish in a beautiful part of the world. I can indulge hobbies like stargazing and painting. I guess I'm looking for input, advice or reassurance on living a life opposite to what the majority of people (?) would consider successful or normal i.e. no partner, no close friends, no social life, no children and insight into how to make the best of this situation I chose to place myself in. Many thanks.