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Recovery Loner

By , jdoofakl, Ethiopia
As long as I could remember, I have been told that being a loner, not wanting to spend time with people, was abnormal and therefore not good. Yet, the idea that everyone needs to be social and has to be happy about it did not sit well with me. But somehow, I knew that me being a loner was not correct and had to change that. Don't get me wrong, there are some perks of being a loner like being able to be alone for an extended period of time and not minding, focusing more on what I like to do...

In the second semester of my junior year, something drastic happened. Our English teacher said that we had to do the Romeo and Juliet drama as an assignment and that every 11th grade student had to do it. I initially did not want to do it. Because, as usual, I didn't want to be around people for an extended period of time; and as one could this required me to spend time with my group mates during practice. I tried to talk to my English teacher asking not to do it and, since I really care about my marks, if he could give me an individual assignment to compensate. He replied negatively telling me that I, especially, needed it. So, against my will, I, together with my group mates, started to practice for the drama.

By the time we were to present it, we had rehearsed it several times . Even though it was not the best, it wasn't the worst either. Now that everything was over, we had no reason to meet anymore. But fortunately for me, we did and for the first time I had close friends. I literally can see how those few weeks had changed my societal life. Being around them made me realize what I had been missing, I could share my problems, experiences and thoughts with someone other than myself-my friends and they could give me advice on what I should and should not do. Though I'm not the most social person in the world, I'm not, at least, lonely and I have astound friends whom I care about and them me. I learned that if I had continued on the path I had been on before, I wouldn't have met those people I had and most of all wouldn't have been the person I am now.




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