There are many times when we find ourselves alone. It may not be for long, but we are still the only one around at one time or another. But are we really alone? And how do we react to the solitude? I don’t believe we are ever really alone, that is if you don’t leave out everything that isn’t human or even alive. If you do insist that alone means that there are no other humans around you can’t really say that either because you can find many other humans in your heart and your mind. Their physical presence is not really necessary for you to communicate with them and have a meaningful conversation in your head. Generally, however, there are at least human artifacts everywhere we go. Or others, though we may not see them. Above is an extensive beach and the person at the fire probably has no idea that the person walking the beach is there. Also, probably neither one of them has any idea that someone taking a photo of the evening has captured them in the photo as well. Both may feel alone, even the beach walker since the fire is far away and they don’t have to communicate with the person standing there. One can react to solitude in negative and in positive ways. Having time to oneself can be very constructive and lead to better relations with others, human or not. Having no time to oneself can lead to hasty, un-thought-out decisions that lead us astray. I believe that being alone can always be a positive thing as long as we recognize it as such and use that alone time to work toward our advantage, not to merely escape a time that may be uncomfortable for some. With a determined goal to find your next alone time productive you may find that each piece of solitude you can find will bring more and more satisfaction until you look forward to being alone, at least occasionally. Would you rather have time to gather your thoughts and plan your life or race on endlessly reacting, not thinking?