When I started working for myself full-time, I was a little worried that I would quickly become a hermit. I’m perfectly content going long stretches without seeing people, and I like my peace and quiet. However, I understand the value of seeing people on a regular basis, hence my concern about my natural tendencies versus my human needs.
I shouldn’t have been worried, because I’m much more social than I was before I started working from home. Sure, I’m not surrounded by coworkers every day, but I’m much more free to spend time with friends in the evening (or even during the day).
Also, after reading a recent article, I realized that I’m nowhere close to being a hermit. If you have 10-15 minutes today to read that article, I highly recommend it. It’s a fascinating story about a man who walked away from society almost 30 years ago and lived mostly off the land during that time. He only saw one other person during those 30 years, a hiker he stumbled upon.
I don’t want to spoil the story, so I highly recommend the article. I will say that the hermit (who was arrested last year on multiple charges of theft) had little to say about life despite all the time he had for reflection in nature. He talks about surviving winters in Maine that go down to -20 below freezing, but he really only has one piece of advice for the world:
“Get enough sleep.”
Well said, hermit. I concur.