I decided to look for relevant articles and books to link, to jump start my habit without having to think too hard today. And then I struck gold!
Quirkyalone, singular insights on life and love. Where have you BEEN all my life?!?!
An exerpt from the article/manifesto that started it all,
People Like Us: The Quirkyalones:
Better to be untethered and open to possibility: living for the exhilaration of meeting someone new, of not knowing what the night will bring. We quirkyalones seek momentous meetings.
By the same token, being alone is understood as a wellspring of feeling and experience. There is a bittersweet fondness for silence. All those nights alone—they bring insight.
Sometimes, though, we wonder whether we have painted ourselves into a corner. Standards that started out high only become higher once you realize the contours of this existence. When we do find a match, we verge on obsessive—or we resist.
And so, a community of like-minded souls is essential.
I can't begin to explain how much this hits home for me. The desire to be spontaneous, not settling for the sake of coupledom, and the strange balance of companionship and loneliness. I think I've finally found a weird lifestyle moniker to cling to. Yay!
Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics is the resulting book, still available at Amazon.
I even took the online quiz,
Your score was 102. Very quirkyalone:
Relatives may give you quizzical looks, and so may friends, but you know in your heart of hearts that you are following your inner voice. Though you may not be romancing a single person, you are romancing the world.
Yay, I've found a home on teh interwebs :-D