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Do you prefer to spend your time alone or with a group of people ?
 
The adage `No man is an island' presupposes that man cannot possibly live on his own. To a large extent, this is true. However, the merits of privacy should not be underestimated as it allows for the recharging of one's energies. My personal preference is a healthy mixture of both, depending on the situation.

I enjoy the company of others when I am in high spirits and want to share my joy. Trying to keep my joy to myself will only dissipate it, which will render my happiness null and void. Thus, I would prefer to have my friends around when I am high-spirited. The company of my friends will result in the trading of jokes, experiences and stories which will lead to a general camaraderie. Such company will only serve to further my joy. Also, when I am depressed, the concern of my friends will naturally lift my spirits. Their presence will go a long way towards helping me get over the unhappy circumstance that plagues me. At times like this, I can fully understand the meaning of 'friendship'.

When I take my meals at public places like the hawker centres or fast food restaurants, I dislike eating alone. It is very awkward to try to avoid looking at people around you and usually, I will end up trying very hard to finish my meal quickly. Eating alone seems to be a sign of loneliness, especially when everyone else around me is happily interacting in groups. Thus, I will always rather have my meals packed and brought home to be eaten in front of the television set than to sit alone at a public place.

However, when I am shopping, I like being alone. Having people with me at such times serves only to distract me, as I will always feel obliged to devote my attention to the company. This will mean that I may not be able to concentrate on the business of shopping. Also, having company while shopping will mean having to compromise on the places to go. This will undoubtedly cramp my style as my taste in clothes and accessories may clash with my friend's. Thus, I would rather be alone when shopping.

When I feel exhausted by schoolwork or family problems, I would prefer be left alone. This is because such occasions require time for reflection, which will help me sort out my problems and begin to recuperate from the stress. Thus, such times will be better spent on my own. I will not be disturbed by the opinions of other people, who might affect the decisions that I would need to make. Furthermore, when alone, I would be best able to judge the situation without the need for bias or defensiveness.

Thus, I am not a person who totally enjoys the company of others or my own solitude. Like all things, different responses are needed for different situations. When I need to be alone, I will enjoy the time by myself. But when I feel the need for company, I will certainly not deprive myself of that.

     
camaraderie   friendship
     
recuperate   recover
     
solitude   privacy
 
 

 

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