As I grow older (and wiser), I am learning to appreciate more and more the value of my own company. This wasn’t always the case, growing up, I could think of nothing worse than being all by myself, it made me rather sad when I was. Albert Einstein put it beautifully when he said, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

In the hustle and bustle of life, there is always someone wanting their pound of flesh from me, be it work, family, friends etc. I have now come to value the ‘deliciousness’ of solitude on occasion, where in this little oasis away from responsibility, my time is truly my own.

This is another reason why I loved surfing so much, because it was a chance to be by myself, in the water, alone with my thoughts with nothing but the waves as my ‘white noise’.

It’s in these moments with yourself, that you are able to make sense of your inner most thoughts, understand where you want to go and how to get there. It’s often in these moments of seclusion with yourself that you can have your greatest enlightenment.

No matter how busy life gets, everyone deserves some time out, at least an hour or two every week. It’s healthy to do something that’s just for you, no one else – be it surfing, exercising on your own, going for coffee alone or simply vegging on the couch watching series. In this busy day and age, taking a moment for your self is essential to keep your sanity and balance.

Let’s not forget the strength of character that also comes with being happy with your own company – you will also be okay to walk away from any relationships (romantic /platonic) that are not enriching or having a positive impact on your life. I am so glad I am able to do this now – it’s empowering.





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What I am wearing : wetsuit vest – Billabong; bikini bottom – Billabong; jewellery – Romeo Foxtrot Designs

Photography: Tegan Smith