I have decided to do a new little segment every once and a while where I inform you guys of a quote that you all may or may not know. These quotes will be diverse as some will come from historical figures to more modern celebrities of today. I have always admired reading up on certain quotes and learning about their origins. However, more recently I have become interested in analyzing these quotes and comparing them to my own way of living.
That’s why this week’s quote hits so close to home for me, and why I decided to talk about it today. The following quote is one said by a famous classic movie actress, Audrey Hepburn.
“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” — Audrey Hepburn
Hepburn has said many different influential and impactful things. Many of those kinds of quotes are popular and used frequently. However, with this particular quote, I have rarely seen it being used amongst her other more well-known ones. I feel that is a shame because this quote is truly meant for all the introverted souls out there.
An introvert is a person who is shy and reserved in their behavior. Most introverts prefer and actually enjoy being alone/doing things on their own. Introverts tend to hate big crowds of people and pretty much all events where they must be social. What introverts like to do for fun is read, write, watch television and do anything that doesn’t involve them leaving the house. For me personally I am a strong introvert. I cannot be social for too long without feeling like I need to hide in my room and recharge. I have always been like this and I will more than likely continue to be like this in the future.
This is exactly why I have always admired this quote from Hepburn. When I first discovered it, I was young and didn’t quite understand what she was talking about. Now that I am much older, I realize I relate to these simple words significantly. This quote is basically saying that of course one does not want to be alone in life, but one does need his/her space from time to time.
Like I’ve stated above, introverts, such as myself, truly value our alone time. We like to be left alone to our thoughts, ideas, emotions and so on. We like to be able to learn personal things about ourselves that we can’t necessarily learn while occupied with other people. Leaving an introvert alone sometimes is not only good for their well-being but for your relationship with that individual.
Now, this is not to say that introverts don’t want to hang with family or friends or even have a significant other. We want the same things out of life that mostly everybody else does. This is where the first part of the quotation comes to play. We don’t want to be completely alone in life with no one to share moments with. Many introverts long for lasting friendships and falling deeply in love. It’s just that within these relationships we often need our space and time to be who we are as introverts.
So, ultimately this quote is for all the introverted people out there who crave a balance of alone and social time. This quotation could also be for people who may be feeling crowded by responsibilities or people asking too much of them. Truly, this is a reminder for all people that it is okay to tell your loved ones that you need your space, and that it is more than okay to be introverted.