Solitude is a Freedom That Breathes Easy and Weightless, How to be Alone by Tanya Davis

The words and music to the videopoem of the same name (by Andrea Dorfman). Music and words by Tanya Davis with recording and additional instruments by Timothy Crabtree.
Davis wrote the beautiful poem and performed in the video which Dorfman directed, shot, animated by hand and edited. The video was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was produced by Bravo!FACT

Originally released on April 13, 2014
How to be Alone by Tanya Davis

Lyrics starts here:

If you are at first solitude, be patient. If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait. You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You’re not supposed to talk much anyway so it’s safe there.

There’s also the gym. If you’re shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke).
And there’s public transportation, because we all gotta go places.
And there’s prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you’re hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals.
The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they — like you — will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.
When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You’re no less intriguing a person when you’re eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community. And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one’s watching…because, they’re probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you’re sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life’s best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there’re always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might’ve never happened had you not been there by yourself

Society is afraid of alonedom, like solitude hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but solitude is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and solitude is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one’s in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school’s groaning were tokens for holding the solitude at bay. Because if you’re happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be relieved, keeps things interesting life’s magic things in reach.

And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that community’s not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn’t get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don’t obsess about it.
you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.

The Secrets of Old Age, Words by Jim Turcott

The secret of old age in six words:
Before middle age, do not fear.
After middle age, do not regret.
Enjoy your life while you can.

Do not wait until you cannot even walk, just to be sorry and to regret.
As long as it is physically possible, visit places you wish to visit.
When there is an opportunity, get together with old classmates, old colleagues and old friends.
The gathering is not just about eating. It is just that there is not much time left.

Money kept in the banks may not be really yours.
When it is time to spend, just keep on spending. Treat yourself well as you are getting old.

Whatever you feel like eating, just eat. It is most important to be happy.
Food which are good for health, eat often and more, but that is not everything.
Things which are not good for health, eat less but once in a while do not abstain from them totally.

Treat sickness with optimism. Whether you are poor or rich.
Everyone has to go through the birth, aging, sickness and death. There is no exception, that is life.

Do not be afraid or worried when you are sick.
Settle all the outstanding issues beforehand and you will be able to leave without regret.
Let the doctors handle your body. Let God and nature handle your life but be in charge of your own moods.

If worries can cure your sickness, then go ahead and worry.
If worries can prolong your life, then go ahead and worry.
If worries can exchange for happiness, then go ahead and worry.

Our kids will make their own fortune with or without your help.

Look after FOUR old treasures:

Your old body: Pay more attention to health. You can only rely on yourself on this.
Retirement funds: Look after your retirement funds. Money that you have earned, it is best to keep them yourself.
Your old companion. Treasure every moment with your other half. One of you will leave first.
Your old friends. Seize every opportunity to meet up with your friends. Such opportunities will become rare as time goes by.

Things you must do every day: smile and laugh.
Running water does not flow back, and so it is with life. Make it happy.