What’s the difference between lonely and alone?

Everyone’s trying to find a balance between lonely and alone.

Nobody wants to be lonely. Some of us are comfortable being alone. You may think they’re the same thing, but they’re not. In my opinion, everyone should feel comfortable being alone and spending time with yourself. It’s healthy to do this every once in a while (at least), even if you’re an extrovert. It will help prepare you for times in the future in which you will undoubtedly be alone. You’re not always going to have a friend to tag along, and the sooner you accept this, the better.

Loneliness, however, is a crippling feeling that you’re probably familiar with. It is defined as “sadness because one has no friends or company.” It is a feeling of pure isolation from the rest of the world.

As you can see, they’re 2 completely different things.

“Loneliness is the isolation that comes with nursing a feeling unreturned — an expectation unmet.

Aloneness is different. Aloneness is finding freedom in this very same isolation; it’s the strange state of bliss that comes with being truly, honestly, unapologetically content in your own company.” -Samuel Leighton Dore, The Difference Between Loneliess and Being Alone