How To Be Alone

If you are at first lonely, 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.

A video by fiilmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis.


  • subWOW 14 years ago

    This is beyond awesome. Exactly what I need. Thank you! I am going to arm myself with this before I attend any social occasion where ironically we all in inadvertently feel so alone within the crowd.

  • EmKDee 14 years ago

    If it weren’t for @subWOW, I wouldn’t have seen this and I wouldn’t have sent it to a dozen of my friends. Beautiful. Stunning, really. And totally true. I think for me it’s more justification to take a walk alone and revel in being an introvert. S’all good.

  • Jacqui 14 years ago

    Fantastic poem and video, you’re hugely talented.. I’d say getting someone else to do the voice.. perhaps an old man, might of added a certain something to it..
    Lovely work though, nice one 🙂

  • Gregg 14 years ago

    That made my day.
    Actually, it made my year. Probably the last few years.
    You are my new heroes, I don’t even know you.


  • Glenny 14 years ago

    Hey, this is really quite thoughtful! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Donald 14 years ago

    That was cool. Thanks very much 🙂

  • Magnus 14 years ago

    Beautiful and grounding …. A sharing, an energy, the reality, the wisdom, you – thank you.

  • Abby 14 years ago

    This is beautiful. You are beautiful. <3

  • Lou 14 years ago

    Watching this has helped immensely. Thank you.

  • Jen 14 years ago


  • Sarah Craig :) 14 years ago

    This was beautiful 🙂 thanks Tanya I will cherish being alone a little more now that I saw this

  • Laura 14 years ago

    Loved, loved, loved this.

  • Keriiiiiiiii 14 years ago

    Thank you. This was perfect.

  • Drew 14 years ago

    Wow, I’m glad I watched this. Nice work.

  • Sparktrog 14 years ago

    For the past few days I have been playing this over and over again to calm my nerves when depression begins to hit. It always seems to make me smile and love that I am now single and focusing on the things I love the most

  • Lonely 14 years ago

    This was incredibly beautiful, however crushingly sad as well. I was already feeling a bit down, I’m single, gay, live at home, and a part of an American generation that for the first time ever won’t be better off than our parents. One of, if not the only consolation I have when these feelings of crushing sadness creep up is that everyone finds someone one day. That this solitary existence is not a state of permanence… But i guess it can be. Clearly there is noting wrong with that choice, it seems liberating and even beautiful, but for me, I don’t think I wanted to know how to be alone.

  • Paige 14 years ago

    This was so beautiful. Thank you.

    Also, I love your voice, it is wonderful.

  • Francky 14 years ago

    i just failed in love with you Tanya.. beautiful..

  • Risa 14 years ago

    This is beautiful. You are beautiful. Everything you say is so true and gorgeous. We should all take to heart your words.

  • Nick Fava 14 years ago

    This is the single gayest thing I’ve ever seen. Fuck Canada.

  • Carl - Web Courses Bangkok 13 years ago

    I loved this, as a person who does not like to be alone and believes he needs people the same he needs air; this was indeed inspirational.

    We all need to work on our Intrapersonal skills.

    Carl from Web Courses Bangkok

  • ashley Beolens 12 years ago

    Beautiful, moving and wonderful, thank you.

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